Monday, 23 February 2009

Why we are here?

收到一个姐妹电邮, 非常真实, 非常有鼓励性的对话. 我想借着这地方贴出来, 好让你也能 copy & paste, 然后 email 给你的朋友.... 

An interview with Rick Warren (Author of Purpose Driven Life)

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 j! ust 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 i! s 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

Tuesday, 17 February 2009








Friday, 13 February 2009






Tuesday, 10 February 2009

年真的过去了 :- )

真的快乐不知时日过.新年15天像转眼就过去了. 我觉得这一个新年里, 我最大的收获就是能够有很多的时间与我的家人相处. 包括能够陪我岳父母外出游玩, 让太太和我也能在团员的季节里一尽儿女的本分.

现在假期完了, 上班时间表我想应该恢复了两个字 : "烦"和"忙", 唉~ :-(
上班会让我想到各样的工作, 烦恼, 策略啦, 计划啦!
唉, 有时真的会连饭都吃不下的. 说起来, 压力还真满大的...


我想感谢神, 因为神保守我, 让我还能为我的工作烦和忙, 因为许多人都在这个年头失去了他们的工作. 想忙都不能啊!

我想感谢神, 因为祂让我在这假期里, 虽然像很快过去, 但我的电池被充电了.

我想感谢神, 虽然我们还没有美丽的大房子, 但有美丽的家.

我想感谢神, 因为祂的祝福和保守, 让我和琦能有这么可爱的儿子和女儿.

我想感谢神, 虽然在百般生活压力之下, 能皆着服侍神反而得着释放, 更新.

我想感谢神, 因为祂会带领我度过难关和风暴, 因为祂是一个"连风和海还也听从他"的神 (太8:27)

嘿嘿, 现在回想一下, 感谢神, 这样的新年也还不赖喔! 感恩 :- )

Monday, 2 February 2009

When You Speak, God Hears

Those who pray keep alive the watch fires of faith. For the most part we don’t even know their names. Such is the case of someone who prayed on a day long ago. His name is not important. He is important not because of who he was, but because of what he did.

He went to Jesus on behalf of a friend. His friend was sick, and Jesus could help, and someone needed to go to Jesus, so someone went. Others cared for the sick man in other ways. Some brought food; others provided treatment; still others comforted the family. Each role was crucial. Each person was helpful, but no one was more vital than the one who went to Jesus.

John writes: “So Mary and Martha sent someone to tell Jesus, ‘Lord, the one you love is sick’” (John 11:3, emphasis mine).

Someone carried the request. Someone walked the trail. Someone went to Jesus on behalf of Lazarus. And because someone went, Jesus responded.

In the economy of heaven, the prayers of saints are a valued commodity. John the apostle would agree. He wrote the story of Lazarus and was careful to show the sequence: The healing began when the request was made.

The phrase the friend of Lazarus used is worth noting. When he told Jesus of the illness, he said, “The one you love is sick.” The power of the prayer, in other words, does not depend on the one who makes the prayer but on the one who hears the prayer.

We can and must repeat the phrase in manifold ways. “The one you love is tired, sad, hungry, lonely, fearful, depressed.” The words of the prayer vary, but the response never changes. The Savior hears the prayer. He silences heaven so he won’t miss a word. The Master heard the request. Jesus stopped whatever he was doing and took note of the man’s words. This anonymous courier was heard by God.

John’s message is critical. You can talk to God because God listens. Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter his presence, the attendants turn to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored. Even if you stammer or stumble, even if what you have to say impresses no one, it impresses God—and he listens.

Intently. Carefully. The prayers are honored as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord. “The smoke from the incense went up from the angel’s hand to God” (Rev. 8:4). Incredible. Your words do not stop until they reach the very throne of God.

One call and heaven’s fleet appears. Your prayer on earth activates God’s power in heaven.

You are the someone of God’s kingdom. Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don’t need to. But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth. What an amazing thought!

When you speak, Jesus hears.

And when Jesus hears, the world is changed.

All because someone prayed.

by Max Lucado