Are You Measuring With The Right Yard Stick? 3

True Success

“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?

Much Ado…

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.

They…

  • 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.

…About Nothing?

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.

Discussion

What goals are you striving toward?

3 thoughts on “Are You Measuring With The Right Yard Stick?

  1. Reply Stormbringer (Cowboy Bob) Jun 9,2010 2:18 PM

    No point in telling you the goals I had a few months ago, some of them would make your eyes bug out.

    A few weeks ago, I recommitted my life to Christ (“I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak, there ain’t no disguising the truth…”) and my goals are back on track after about a fifteen year absence. (Never fully left the faith, but I was rude and put God on the back burner.)

    By worldly standards, I’m a loser. Sometimes, in my own self-esteem, I’m a loser. I do not have material success, a position of envy in my company, the companionship of hot babes, etc. Nope. Just working and paying the bills. (“Here’s to all the losers who lose all guilt and sin, here’s to life in Jesus, where all of the losers win…”)

    * Listening to more uplifting music (like I didn’t give you hints on that already)
    * Reading my Bible again
    * Getting good teachings again
    * Looking for a Bible-believing church to attend
    * Actually praying over some of my more controversial articles
    * Desiring to please God, even in my mundane, thankless job
    * Connecting with Christians
    * Attempting to influence people that the only way to save the country is with people getting right with God; a revival, if you will

    Not “big” things, but those are my more immediate concerns.

  2. Reply bondChristian Jun 10,2010 11:47 AM

    Love the comment, Cowboy Bob, and congratulations. It’s such an encouragement to hear that.

    About the post, ironically we both had similar post topics yesterday. You wrote about measuring with the right yardstick, and I wrote about making that yardstick super easy to measure up to. I love this topic, and you did a good job sharing about it here.

    Without the right end in mind, all the rest of this process is just nonsense… and even worse, meaningless.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

  3. Reply Nate Desmond Jun 10,2010 12:38 PM

    @Cowboy Bob – Thank you your encouraging comment. I have come to believe that the real “heroes” are not those who conquer the world but the unknown people who did their duty.

    @Marshall Jones – Thanks, I enjoyed reading your post too!

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