“There is a way that seemeth right to a man: but the issues thereof are the ways of death.”
– Proverbs 14:12
Every human being, whether consciously or not, has a life goal. They have a “dream situation” that they are working to attain.
But what is that dream situation? And, more importantly, is that goal really a dream or is it perhaps a nightmare?
Every day, millions of men and women around our nation (and around the globe) ruin relationships, waste money, squander time, and damage health… all in an on-going attempt to attain “success”.
They lead unbalanced and sad lives as they race toward the happiness that they hope to find.
- buy a bigger house.
- take more vacations.
- win a higher position.
- achieve more power.
- gain more temporal honor.
They are always hoping to find “success” just over the next hill.
Unfortunately, these success-seekers are chasing the horizon. They are running on a treadmill.
Before success can be attained, it, like any goal, must be defined.
If you were to ask the average person for their idea of success, you might hear:
- a new car.
- enough money to retire.
- respect as an expert in my field.
- power and control.
Once these original ideas of success are reached, however, those same people are likely to redefine success as:
- a better car.
- a little more money.
- a bit more honor.
- slightly more power.
When we look for success in temporal achievements we can never succeed.
Even the richest men in the world want a “little more” money. Even the most powerful monarchs want more land.
If material success eludes those with great wealth and power, how much more will it escape the grasp of our weak hands?
The Only True Success
“For what shall it profit a man though he should win the whole world, if he lose his own soul? or what shall a man give for recompense of his soul?”
– Matthew 16:26
Even if a man were to gain the wealth, power, and honor of the entire world, his success would last – at the very most – a century.
Eventually, he would die and all his wealth and power would go to someone else.
All temporal success is passing and will soon be gone.
The only success that will last is the eternal life that is freely granted by Jesus Christ to all who ask. This success is everlasting and permanent. No thief can steal it, and no usurper can take it.
The only true success can be found through following and serving God.
Remember The True Source Of Success
As Christians, it is important that we remember which yardstick we are measuring with.
Living in a sinful world, it can be tempting to measure by an earthly yardstick of money, power, and honor. It is easy to lose sight of the brilliant jewel awaiting us through the clouds and stoop down to grasp the fake gems at our feet.
Let us strive for excellence by God’s standards; not by the world’s.
Don’t be afraid to measure up badly by the world’s yardstick.
What goals are you striving toward?