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Success with Satisfaction

October 27th, 2017

Satisfaction is measured by accomplishment not reward.

“I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2 NKJV.

My thoughts and comments today are about,

“Success with Satisfaction.”

God created you to succeed. And that should be your goal. A desire to succeed is common to the human heart. No one makes plans to fail but many fail to plan. But first, you need to know how you define success? Without that, how do you even measure success? It is important that you determine your personal definition of success and that should be founded on God’s Word. If you don’t have benchmarks for measuring achievement, how will you know when you accomplish it, or recognize when you fail to do so? It is tragic to allow other people’s opinions to dictate what true success should be for you.

You will invest a lifetime of effort and energy to achieve fulfillment and meaning. A good  question to ask yourself is, “When I get where I’m going and have what I’m wanting, where will I be and what will I have?” Too many people end up with full pockets but have an empty heart. Solomon offered sage advice, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 NKJV. Success with satisfaction begins in your heart.

Will wealth and possessions be your proof of success? The applause or acclaim of others? Some time ago, I saw a bumper sticker that said. “At the end, the one with the most toys wins!” But do they? True success must be so much more than having the biggest pile of unnecessary stuff. God’s Word says, “Each one should be careful how he builds. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is. The fire will test the quality of each man’s work.” Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 NIV. Eternal values differ immensely from what the world values.

I think that satisfaction, and contentment with what you achieve, is a more reliable measurement of success than the weight of public opinion or the tangible and external rewards of one’s accomplishments. Success without satisfaction is a myth. Where you find your supreme fulfillment is where you will find your greater success.

“[Blessed is the man who is] like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Read Psalm 1:1-3 NIV. What a great promise! For me, the arenas where I intend to succeed, find satisfaction, and most prize any success are in the opportunities and responsibilities of family, friends, and ministry.

As regards Family, I will evaluate success by the Godly fruit to be found in our children and grandchildren, and the generations who will follow them. I will measure the faith and values we hold in common, the times we love and enjoy one another’s company, and our family’s continued love and service for the Lord. However anyone else chooses to evaluate my success, our family is central to my definition of success or disappointment.

As regards friends, life is richer because of the example, encouragement, and fellowship of friends who share life and faith with you. Life can be lonely, even unfulfilling without people who gladly share your joys and sorrows.

As regards ministry, I choose to evaluate success based on obedience and faithfulness to God’s call and meaningful service to God’s people. I am grateful for whatever measure of outward success that we have experienced these fifty plus years of pastoral ministry, but in my heart, I know that whatever success might be attributed to us, God’s grace and people’s graciousness have been its true source.

So, I will thank God, my family, and friends, and celebrate every year of blessing and privilege extended to us. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Read Galatians 6:8-10 NIV. My prayer for you encompasses all you are and all you do.

“I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2 NKJV. It all starts in in your heart of hearts where, “your soul prospers.”

Today, I pray for you to not waste time on empty dreams but instead pursue God’s will.

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A Change of Seasons

November 14th, 2012

A Change of Season

Heaven is eternal; life, and all within its boundaries, is temporal.

“They could not dwell together.”

Genesis 13:6 NKJV

With friends, we took a cruise up the New England and Canadian coasts at the beginning of autumn. The change of season was spectacular. The colors of the fall foliage were brilliant; the weather was sunny, the air fresh and crisp. It was a trip not to be forgotten, a time to be enjoyed.

By the temporal nature of life, seasons change. People try to make things permanent that are temporary. Heaven is eternal; life, and all within its boundaries, is temporal. The Bible explains, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV. A wise person understands how best to live in the season of life they are in and learns how to recognize when a season is changing. “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:3 NIV.

The Old Testament tells a story about Abraham and his nephew, Lot. A season was changing. Read Genesis 13:1-9. They each had prospered until their success posed a problem. They had journeyed together but now their current situation had become complicated. “Now the land was not able to support them that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.” Genesis 13:6 NKJV. It was the fault of neither.

Situations had changed. A season had been fulfilled; a new direction was necessary for the benefit of both. Due to changing circumstances, what had worked harmoniously till now would not work as well going forward. A circumstance neither one had caused or chosen now required a personal decision from both. They would have to go separate ways.

Conflict made Abraham aware that changes needed to be made. You might not recognize when you need to accept a change, until and unless the status quo becomes uncomfortable or inconvenient. “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” See Galatians 6:8-10 NKJV. Don’t fight such a change; embrace it.

Some people will walk alongside you for a long while, maybe a lifetime, while others may be only for a season. Hear me carefully; people are not disposable at your whim, but there may be times in the ongoing purposes of God that by choice or circumstance you may be called to walk a new path without the same company. Gratitude appreciates those who have shared your journey; wisdom understands when the journey leads in different directions. Don’t look for fault when a season changes; look for new blessing. Abraham did not choose to leave Lot; he chose to follow God.

Generously, Abraham allowed Lot to choose first where his family with herds and flocks would fare best. Read Genesis 13:10-18. Then, God appeared to Abraham, “Look from the place where you are . . the land you see I give to you . .”vs. 14-18. Maybe your new season of direction and expansion begins “from the place where you are.” Be sure of this. God ordains the seasons, and if you will walk uprightly and unselfishly before God, He will provide His further and greater blessings. See Leviticus 26:3-5 NIV.

My prayer for you today is that you enjoy the seasons of life and their changes.

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