Recently, a good friend, Ted Bentulan, posted a blog by Rick Warren, the 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 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.
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.
.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 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)?
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 “
I wholeheartedly agree that our goal in this life journey is to build our character and inch as close as we could possibly achieve towards “perfection” or a state of transcendence, a liberation of sort from our physical universe. Other religions call it “nirvana.” In Buddhism, it is the “perfect peace” of the state of mind that is free from craving, anger, and other afflicting states.To me, whether heaven truly exists and, as a reward, we will spend eternity in “heaven” or not, is really besides the point. There is a universal theme among all the major religions in the world: to arrive to the highest point in divinity, man has to deeply understand and “descend” to the core of humanity. For Hindus and Buddhists, nirvana is achieved when you successfully “liberate” your mind from all forms of physical afflictions. For Christians, you have the good chance of going to the place of divinity, heaven, when you consummate the humanity of Jesus. Humanists and even many atheists, contrary to popular belief, have the same lofty goals for the world we live in.
Tolerance towards others who hold a different view and philosophy in life is actually a step towards achieving eternal life in heaven or nirvana or whatever you hold as the divine goal.