22 Top Rick Warren Quotes

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I once lived in Lake Forest, California and Saddleback Church, where Rick Warren pastored, was practically in my back yard. That church was very active in the community and today it has grown to include several campuses and over 20,000 members. Pastor Warren’s evangelical heart has inspired these folks to evangelize their community and continually reach out to folks with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Given the size of his congregation, I am sure he has had many opportunities to say some amazing things. Rick Warren is regularly quoted by the media and other sources because he has become one of Christendom’s most well-known leaders and evangelists mostly due to his very popular book The Purpose Drive Life which he published in 2002 [1]. Here are my picks for the 22 top Rick Warren quotes.

“Trusting God completely means having faith that He knows what is best for your life. You expect Him to keep His promises, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary.”  (A Purpose Driven Life)

Learning and Moving Forward

“We are product of our past but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”  

“The truth is, almost everything we do is done poorly when we first start doing it – that’s how we learn.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do. Attitudes count more than achievements.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“I don’t know the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

Life, Love and Purpose

“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.” 

“Frankness is not a license to say anything you want, wherever and whenever you want. It is not rudeness.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye…”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

Praise, Worship & Trust 

“Happy moments, PRAISE GOD. Difficult moments, SEEK GOD. Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. Painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD”  

“If you have ever said, “I didn’t get anything out of worship today,” you worshiped for the wrong reason. Worship isn’t for you. It’s for God. ” 

“The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, trusting Him during a trial, surrendering while suffering, and loving Him when He seems distant.”

Prayer & Relationships

“You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.”  (The Purpose of Christmas)

“Relationships are always worth restoring.”  

“You are as close to God as you choose to be. ”  

“God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don’t run after them.”  

“You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.” (The Purpose Driven Life)

Why Choose God’s Way?

“Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use anybody if you’re available.”  

“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“You cannot exalt God and yourself at the same time.”  

“You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense.”  

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[1] Rick Warren biography – http :// christianity.about. com

Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For? Michigan: Zondervan Publishing, 2002.

Warren, Rick. The Purpose of Christmas. New York: Howard Books, 2008.

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Jack Wellman January 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I so agree with the statement that its not what we get out of worship but what we put into it. That I especially liked. Again, well done Pam…but when don’t I ever say that. You’re the best!


Pamela Rose Williams January 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Thanks Jack, you are such an encouragement to me.


Adrian A. Gentry January 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

It always amazes me how so few words can be so powerful. I have used Rick’s quotes many times in Facebook post and during speaking engagements. Purpose Driven Life was actually the first book I ever read pertaining to life’s purpose outside of the bible. Thank you so much for this collection.


Pamela Rose Williams January 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

You are most welcome Adrian. Thank you for leaving your comment here and please, stop in again soon. Blessings!


Adrian A. Gentry January 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

No problem Pam!!! I look forward to reading more.


Patricia Schneider January 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Thank you so much for sharing these quotes by Rick Warren! Have heard of him, but never read anything he said until today. Especially liked, “The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time of love is now.” Going to check out his book, ‘Purpose Driven Life.’ Might even add it to personal library if I like it. (Any books, pamphlets, etc. that helps me comprehend God’s Word & be closer to Him and His Will is #1 priority in my life.) Oodles of blessings for the New Year, 2013, to you and your family, Pamela! Patty
This is for Pastor Jack. OK?

Hello, Pastor Jack! I read your comment above re:not getting anything out of worship. Being hearing-impaired, not being able to comprehend minister’s sermon, hardly hear his voice; though my hubby, Gary, (once a deacon, then elder) tells me the microphone system is up to par. He understands why I don’t often join him because of these goofy ears.
After reading Rick Warren’s quote & your reply to Pamela, I got to thinking that during the sermon, rather than sit there and be frustrated, I should ‘brush up’ on my prayers for family & friends. Gary goes every Sunday, think I’ll join him next time he goes. (Presently recovering from surgery. Thank Sweet Jesus, he’s gonna be fine! Amen.)
Oh, Pastor Jack, I feel SO blessed discovering WCWTK site. Maybe that’s why God lifted depression when he did, so I would find this site, enabling me for when the next depression hits. (Unless I’m cured by the Grace of God, this bi-polar illness will bring on depressions in future. Consider it my ‘cross’ in life to bear. Hate it, but thank God I’ve received excellent medical care. I JUST WANT TO STOP WASTING LIFE DURING DEPRESSIONS!) Sorry, Pastor Jack. This illness sometimes gets my goat up~. So happy God made YOU, Pastor Jack! Oodles of blessing to you & your family! Patty


Jack Wellman January 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Oh Patty. I covet your friendship and you know what, depression is so very common. I am not immune either. I work to support myself, the church is such a hard job as a pastor, and I also have answered about 4,000 comments and sometimes I feel the weight of all of these who come to us for help and I feel overwhelmed and so burdened at times but this is my fault. I need to lay it upon His broad shoulders.


Patricia Schneider January 14, 2013 at 1:55 am

You know what I admire about you, Pastor Jack? You recognize your limitations and failings, realizing more your NEED for God’s guidance and love. You DO have your hands full~! Don’t you hate it when you have to say ‘no’ to someone ’cause you’re simply not up to par, for whatever reason? But sometimes, Pastor Jack, this has to be done. Don’t recall where I first heard this, but ‘you can’t give what you don’t have.’ No one can do all things except Our Heavenly Father, God. Right?
Thank you for your response, Pastor Jack. Love hearing from you always! Blessings to you and your family! Patty


Jack Wellman January 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Thanks Patty. Your words of wisdom are so true. I need to learn to say no so that I can more often say yes to God and family. You’re awesome.


Patricia Schneider January 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Pastor Jack, thanks so much for your kind, encouraging words! Never was it said of me having WISDOM. Glad I could pass on to you; though as you always say, it originally comes from God through His Holy Spirit! Right? More blessings! Patty


Jack Wellman January 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Amen Patty. We can know nothing of ourselves except that which has been given to us so how could we boast?


Catherine July 10, 2013 at 1:32 am

Rick Warren’s book – A driven purpose life – is one of my favorite books. It keeps me inspired in my every day life and every chapter that I read feels that my soul is alive… Thank you…


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