Success, God’s Way
| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
From the President
There are a wealth of books, podcasts and motivational speakers these days that preach a particular definition of success. For some, it’s how to accumulate wealth and for others, it’s about finding the path to position, power and prestige. Perhaps it’s a trophy or plaque on the wall or the applause of a crowd. Regardless of the shape or form, many will go to extremes to achieve their ideal of success.
Some say success is about finding happiness, discovering one’s true inner self or even checking off a “bucket list” goal. Regardless of the path pursued, in most instances, success appears to be both elusive and intangible. A popular television show about inherited wealth and possessions closes each episode with the reminder that “you can’t take it with you.”
In the midst of the pressure to achieve success, God has a formula that might provide another definition. Joshua 1:7-9 records these words from the Lord to Joshua, “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” In this passage, the Lord commanded Joshua to listen, think, meditate, speak and then act on God’s words as he persistently pursued the journey to the promised land. God’s definition of success is daily awareness of and obedience to the path set before us with trust and confidence in the One who knows the way.
Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-20)
True success can never be found in what we strive to achieve on our own, but it comes as evidence of the peace of God and the overflow of His joy. And remember, “You can take that with you.”