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Ultimate Positivism

October 16, 2012

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech,

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:20

Hello All,

I was sitting with a friend yesterday and he was telling me about a thing called positivism. Even though he had a hard time pronouncing the word he claimed that this is the belief system that he lives his life by.  He explained how you just keep your mind on positive things and always find the best in every situation. I immediately told him how congruent that was with the Bible. That’s not what he wanted to hear. The word Bible is a shut down word between my friend and I, but I couldn’t help myself in trying to help him see truth through his own belief system. So we discussed Christianity for a bit and as usual didn’t get anywhere except me being laughably and desperately called gullible and compared to some of the most unstable people in our life.

So today I find the following in my email and instantly think how much I’d love to email him the ultimate form of positivism but can’t because he’s put an aggressive moratorium on any emails regarding truth. As one of the closest people in my life he also claims to not read my blog which I feel is very odd. I have a couple friends that claim this and I always explain to them that if they started a blog about the Cookie Monster I would read it. If for no other reason than they are who they are to me and I’d be very interested in what they have to say on any topic indefinitely. Especially if their saying it in front of the whole world.

I also never understand the people in my life that have these aggressive moratoriums on anything related to GOD. Initially they would try to take me back to my atheism days and say “how would you feel if I wanted to talk about Christianity back then?” That was until I responded with an answer they knew not only to be true but something that they didn’t want to hear which was “I would’ve loved it!” I try to explain that the insecurity they feel when discussing the issue with me is a direct indication of their misunderstanding and naivety on the subject and the love GOD has written on their heart that they can’t escape. I loved to discuss it because I felt so confident about there not being a GOD that I knew every angle. That’s not so easy when you’re not quite sure what you believe or why you believe it. And you surely wont believe what I believe or in something that you don’t want to understand or in something that will require you to change. Nothing scares the average person more than change.

So without further ado, here’s what I received in my email today. You may never see me copy and paste an email again on this blog but this is so well said and so powerful I couldn’t help it.

You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having ‘wealth’ from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,  ‘Purpose Driven Life ‘ author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California .  

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:   
People ask me, What is the purpose of life?    

And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body– but not the end of me.

I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity. 

We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.    

Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one.    

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.   
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.    

This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.     
I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.    

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life..    

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.    

And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.  

You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems:    

If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain.’ But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.    

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her- It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.   
You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.    

Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.    

It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don’t think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.  

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.  

First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.. We made no major purchases.    

Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.   

Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.   
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.   
We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?  

Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?    

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do.    

That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.   
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.   
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.   
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.   
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.   
Every moment, THANK GOD..   
If you do not pass it on, nothing will happen. But it will just be nice to pass it on to a friend….just like I have done.   
God’s Blessings 

2 Comments
  1. phil permalink

    I am pleased you liked it. Now you know I also found your blog. I thought blog were like text messages, short.
    Anyway have a great Blessed day and keep in tough.

    • Hi Phil,

      I’m embarrassed to say I’m not quite sure what you’re saying here. Do I know you or did you just stumble upon my blog. I’m not sure what you mean by “I am pleased you liked it”

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