Posts Tagged ‘success’

  

As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.” (Genesis‬ ‭43‬:‭14‬ NIV)

Ronald Heifetz, professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, likes to say that if you make one real decision in your life, that’s more than most people. Taking a real risk? Well, that’s just a rarity. And that’s the point about faith: If there wasn’t a mix of fear and failure, it would be called security!

Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora Radio, describes his leap of faith this way:

“In the winter of 2001, Pandora was out of money. We had a choice: cut our losses and throw in the towel or find a way to keep going. We decided to keep the company alive and start deferring salaries. Ultimately, over 50 people deferred almost $1.5 million over the course of two years (a practice that is illegal in California). When we were finally rescued by an investment in 2004, I had maxed-out 11 credit cards.” Today, Pandora’s net worth is over $900 million!

Israel’s patriarch, Jacob, had to come to the end of himself and step out towards Egypt. The result? He found his lost son and saved his family. What would happen if you obediently stepped out in faith towards God, even if it meant giving up all you had? If God is behind it, you’ll find more than you were prepared to lose! You are loved today! Take the leap! 

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You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?” (Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ NLT)

According to statisticbrain.com, of all persons that set New Year’s resolutions, only 8% are successful at achieving them, 49% have infrequent success, and 24% never accomplish a single one. Wow! And 1 out of 4 are done with them after the first week! By now, 1/3 of resolution setters that hit the gym, cut back spending, and attempted to stop a bad habit have given up and are back to their old ways that they didn’t like beforehand.

No matter what the endeavor, good things require hard work and sacrifice. A better marriage, healthier body, and a powerful spiritual life require for diligence on our part to keep doing the things that we know we are supposed to be doing. Then when those stumbling moments come and we question the “effort vs reward” factor, we must keep choosing “effort”, knowing it is worth it!

What is keeping you from a healthier body, stronger esteem, wealthier wallet, more intimate marriage, or a dynamic spiritual life? Ask God to help you conquer these or any other goal worth pursuing. Then when you stumble, and you will, He is there to pick you up and keep you going! You are loved today! Keep at it!

I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways.” (I Kings 2:2, 3 NKJV)

As old King David was about to pass away, he made his son, Solomon, the King of Israel. David knew what had made his 40-year reign successful, and that was obedience to God. His brief moments of failure were due to times of disobedience, and they cost him great prices. So what was his final bit of advice for the new king? Obey God and you will be successful.

Go to your local bookstore and you’ll find a host of books on ways to succeed in various areas of life: business, finance, relationships, weight management, and so on. And while some of these will work at moments, none are guaranteed. Only God makes your way blessed. But we must be faithful to obey His way written in the Bible and how He daily leads through the direction of the Holy Spirit.

It is a shallow childish person who only lives for the moment, chasing whatever makes them feel good quickly. Live disciplined, knowing that the delayed gratification of obedience will lead to greater satisfaction overall. Let God’s best be yours everyday! You are loved!
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Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.” (Proverbs 16:20 NLT)

King Edward III of England and his army crossed the English Channel in 1346, pillaging the French countryside before Philip VI of France caught up with them near the village of Crecy. With 11,000 longbows from England against France’s 40,000 infantry, it should’ve been a quick fight. But against Philip’s wishes, his troops advanced right into death and one of France’s worst battlefield losses.

It pays to listen to our leadership, but especially to God. We don’t like advice because it makes us feel incapable of succeeding on our own. But words from those that have “been there & done that” could save us from a worse humiliation.

Be a person that can receive advice as well as giving it. Learn the habit of hearing wise words from trusted lips and a more trusted Savior to help you live well. France can’t hide from the debacle at Crecy, but you can avoid it! You are loved today!

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