How to be Successful

Throughout history the human race has grappled with the question, “What is success?” Many people have come up with many different definitions of success.  Allow me to illustrate:

Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. – Tony Robbins, Self-help writer

Screw it, Let’s do it! -Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Group

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. – Steve Jobs, Former CEO of Apple INC.

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. -David Brinkley, Journalist

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture. -Lydia M. Child, Activist

All of these people have different definitions of success. On the surface these people’s definitions of success seem vastly different but at their core they are all centered around one thing…themselves. Some define success as getting more money for themselves. Others define success as overcoming the odds and bettering themselves. The problem is that when we define success within ourselves we miss what true success is all about. Success is not bettering oneself but pointing others to the one who can give life to the dead, bring peace to the unrestful soul, and forgive the worst of sinners. God determines what success is not us. Notice the words of Charles Spurgeon:

All human work which does not begin and end in the Lord Jesus must be a non-success. – Charles Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 567.247

I like what Spurgeon had to say because this definition is radically different than what you would find in our culture today. While most people would probably fall in line with the quotes in the list above Christians are to be different. Our success does not come from within but points to something much more grand. Our success is based on someone who is eternal and never-changing. Our success must be centered around the work and Gospel of Jesus Christ. Anything short of that is “non-success”.

Thanks for reading.


Posted on April 23, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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