Day 40: Rick Warren

(Note: While I normally reserve these notes for personal relationships, the significance of the day and his book’s role in my life compel me to share a few words in this space. I’m traveling today, so this is brief.)

Dear Dr. Warren,

I’m struck by the significance of Day 40 in this 365-note undertaking. While I’m not much on the idea of mystical numerology, the symbolism of 40 and its representation of completion is undeniable.

screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-8-48-02-amMoses lived to 120 years old in three distinct seasons of 40. The great flood came for 40 days and 40 nights. Jesus wandered the wilderness for 40 days and returned to walk another 40 days after his resurrection. It’s no wonder you divided your book, Purpose Driven Life into 40 days of purpose and study.

There are a handful of things that truly change our lives. I wanted you to know your book did that for me, as it did for so many others.

“Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.”
― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

Purpose Driven Life brought revelations as I’d never before had. Chief among them your simple conveyance of two important realties:

  1. It’s not about me, and;
  2. I have a lot to UN-learn.

Thank you for a greater understanding of these two ideas that have truly guided my life for 15 years. Were it not for you sharing these truths, I doubt this project, a year’s worth of grateful notes, would exist.

As each day passes, and every note written, I learn even more that it’s not about me.

Your grateful brother in Christ,

Steve Watkins




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