To be successful, make many tiny accessible goals, not something grandiose maybe beyond your reach because of a number of variables. So, today I had success by God’s amazing grace in several arenas.
I made it through helping the entire time during our church’s yard sale 7am-1pm. We raised close to $400 for missions, praise God! Success 1.
I kept my fast pure today by God’s grace amidst lots of eating around me and things going on. Success 2.
I figured out how to shampoo our studio carpet all by myself and completed that. Success 3.
That is enough success for one day. I am very blessed and thank God for every success and grace to carry on. He is so good!!!😄❤❤❤
Yes, God wants to bless you.
Yes, God loves you so dearly.
The truth is that sometimes we have to go through some stuff.
Why? Has God abandoned you? Are you sinning? Are you being punished?
Maybe, maybe not. Consider Job. His suffering (far worse than a good portion of us have been through) was to test him. That is it. Turns out he needed it because God had to straighten out some flaws in his thinking.
And the truth is “Thr Lord disciplines those He loves” and when you turn humbly to Him for help through it, your faith will grow, you will mature, learns some stuff and be better for it.
Now, what if, instead of humbly asking God to help and be with you, you harden up, pride up and try to solve it yourself or pout or whine or blame everyone, etc. You would have blown a teaching moment for spiritual riches and remained lacking.
So God cuts you a break and gives you another opportunity to humble up and ask Him for help and company. You can either humble up or pride up each and every time. And you then choose to be spiritually rich or poor. No one is to blame but you.
And that is a whole lotta truth I felt led to share. God sometimes allow us to fail because we are lacking and He is trying to train us because He loves us so much. And people learn far more by failing than success. ❤
My children were quite different in their approaches to learning to walk as babies. My daughter did not try or want to walk until she was 16 months old. She was talking in sentences by the time she was 12 months and organizing and putting Legos together and everything else a baby does early, way ahead in cognition and everything but walking. She liked being carried, it was not a priority to her. She didn’t even try to walk until she could do so quickly and proficiently. She was safety conscience, careful, contemplative, wary. And she runs and jumps and dances with the best of them now. My son, in stark contrast, was walking and talking and balanced by 10 months and was running by 12 months. Huge steps of faith. When met with safety, steps became bigger and bigger and running was a viable and more efficient option and off he ran. These are differences in development and temperament and personalality. Nothing wrong with either, just different. But in our faith walk, we are to choose either, depending on our current level of faith for FAITH plus STEP equals SUCCESS. There is no success apart from faith so it is unwise to step out until your faith grows, right? Well, seems logical but faith is spiritual and not logical. Faith is believing what we cannot see. So taking that step after a humble prayer is exactly what builds our faith and makes our steps count. That is truth.❤
You cannot be successful without some measure of faith. You must believe to some extent that success (and that goal is different for every person) is attainable. Faith produces success. Of course that is true eternally only to those who include God’s will/Word in their success goal. Working against God’s will/Word will destroy the eternal success, no matter what temporary success you achieve. No matter who promises you otherwise. No matter who tries to buy you now. No matter what. Eternal success can never ever be achieved apart from Jesus Christ. Ever. Let me repeat for clarity and emphasis… Momentary success with strings attached may be achieved now but eternal success can never be achieved apart from Jesus Christ. So success involves faith. Faith in Jesus Christ determines eternal success in Heaven. Temporary success is easy: see it, want it, get it with tenacity. Then what? Freak accident, cancer, natural causes, heart attack, whatever, and your success dies with you. And you face eternity with eternal success or eternal failure. No amount of philanthropic deeds makes up for not being saved by Jesus Christ. He is the only way in, the only perfect and loving hope we have of salvation. He is our eternal success, our treasure. He is it. No other way, no other truth, no other life exists but Jesus Christ. I met a woman today who told me her oldest son died in a bike accident and her younger son is serving life for unproven incest. I was able to pray for her and her son that he be saved and that she see him again before she dies. My heart breaks for her and it reminded me how fragile life is, how crazy it can get very quickly, how vulnerable we are. How easy it is to forget that life can change dramatically in an instant. We are lost without Jesus. With Him, though, we are saved and eternally successfully secure. We must focus on God and be sure He is a strong part of our success goals and focus. Our first priority. Then we make success eternal.❤
My understanding of success is knowing that although God made you with your gifts and talents that can be used for good, you are one of many in His kingdom. Knowing you are God’s beloved child is invaluable in any level of lasting eternal inner/spiritual success. Monetary success, the accumulation of goods, means very little in the scope of eternity. Spiritual success, being close to God, means everything. There is absolute nothing you cannot do with God and faith, nothing, for with God’s help and blessing, He can do absolutely anything through you. There is no exception to that unless you don’t believe it. Never doubt God. Same for me. So it comes down to which of us 1. Has more faith or 2. Is in God’s will (obeying His Word). So really, then, success ends up: being saved, having faith and staying close to and obedient to God. That is lasting, eternal success. Nothing else is. There are little successes or accomplishments, of course, but I am speaking of eternity, that which truly counts.❤