Archive

Posts Tagged ‘goal’

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.

Christian Communications 2017

Website and archives: allenrandolph.com

facebook.com/everydaylife.allenrandolph

Devotionals , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Success With Satisfaction

June 10th, 2015

Please read a personal message for EDL Readers I have included at the end of today’s Devotional . .

————————————————-

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

Prestige will not satisfy if  your soul is bereft of God’s benediction.

My thoughts and comments today are about “success with satisfaction.”

Success is a worthy goal; satisfaction should be the result. No one plans to fail; some fail to plan. It is important that you establish your personal definition of success. Without reliable benchmarks for measuring success, you cannot know when you achieve it, or recognize when you have failed. Everything without God is nothing, but little or nothing with God can be everything. 

Do not allow other people to determine what success looks like for you. The world’s values are vastly different than God’s. Decide to which value system you will give your heart and where you will invest valuable effort and energy. Someone has written, “As you climb the ladder of success, be sure your ladder is leaning against the right building.”

Prosperity does not result from the labor of your hands alone. True prosperity rests in the contentment of your heart. The prophet, Isaiah, asked a probing question, “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.” Isaiah 55:2. Prosperity is found only in what God provides.

His intention for you is clear and simple; “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2. God delights in your success – materially, physically, and spiritually. Your greatest delight is when your success is evidenced by satisfaction. Prosperity is the sweet fruit of success; and real prosperity occurs, “as your soul prospers.” Read Joshua 1:7-8 NIV.

Neither possessions nor prestige will satisfy, if your soul is bereft of God’s benediction. “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Consider how things are going for you! You have planted much but harvested little. You have food to eat, but not enough to fill you up. You have wine to drink, but not enough to satisfy your thirst. You have clothing to wear, but not enough to keep you warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!’ This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Consider how things are going for you!’” Haggai 1:5-7 NLT. In things important, are you succeeding or failing. Take time to consider.

This is Godly counsel; “Teach is to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NAS. The intangible contentment and satisfaction of your achievements are a more reliable measurement of success than all tangible rewards gained by your accomplishments. Satisfaction is a reliable measurement of success. Gayle and I have simply tried to obey God and serve Him and others to the best of our abilities and opportunities, “seeking God and working wholeheartedly.” 2 Chronicles 31:21 NIV.

Today, I pray for you to always place the highest value on that which has eternal reward.

Christian Communications, Inc 07187

———————————————-

Dear EDL Readers: due to travel and ministry opportunities in California these next two weeks, the devotionals may be less frequent as time and travel allow, but resuming regularly as we enter July. Meanwhile, I encourage you to visit the EDL website and archives and draw inspiration and encouragement among the 1,200 Devotionals archived at www.allenrandolph.com. And to increase the effective reach of EveryDay Life, I am asking each of those who appreciate and have benefited from the spiritual encouragement and teaching of EDL to recommend a friend, or friends, to visit the website and subscribe. I request your prayers for effective ministry these next Sundays. Blessings . .

————————————————

Devotionals , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Immovable

April 21st, 2010

“Stand firm. Let nothing move you.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

“Refuse to be discouraged by difficulty or dissuaded by doubters.”

My thoughts today are about being “immovable.”

Frank Sinatra sang, “When an irresistible force such as you, meets an immovable object like me – somethin’s gotta give.” Are you immovable? Everybody feels like quitting sometimes, but nobody wants to be a quitter. There are times and things you should quit; you pretty well know what those are. There are times and things when you should not. You need to learn what those are also. The trick is to know which is which.

If you are doing what you should not be doing, you cannot quit that fast enough. And if what you are doing is not working out for you, it’s probably a good time to reconsider and try something different. But if you are doing what you ought to be doing, and if it’s not working just because you are not working hard enough, that’s definitely not the time to quit. You may need to quit your half-hearted efforts and give up your lame excuses for doing so, but do not give up on yourself, others, or God. Read Psalm 62:5-8 NKJV.

Nehemiah is a good example of a leader and worker who would not quit what he was called by God to do. He refused to be discouraged by difficulty or dissuaded by doubters. When the enemies of Jerusalem’s rebuilding wanted to stop the work being rapidly accomplished on repairing and restoring the city’s walls, they repeatedly asked for a meeting with Nehemiah. Listen to his no-nonsense response, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and come down to you?” Read Nehemiah 6:1-9 NAS. The enemy of your soul will try anything to “get you down,” like they tried to get Nehemiah down. Has it been working?

As a boy, when I would complain about a classmate’s criticism, my Dad sometimes quoted this, “I hate the guys who criticize and minimize the other guys, whose enterprise has made them rise above the guys who criticize and minimize.” The enemy cannot get you down as long as you will rise above. Dad expected me to be one who “rises above.” With that perspective, I realized it really only mattered that I thought what I was doing was the right thing. You have to know absolutely that what you are doing is what you are supposed to be doing, in obedience to God and with His blessing.

The enemy’s goal is still the same, to get you to quit what you should not quit – doing the very thing God has promised to bless. “So that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:11 NAS. The enemy’s tactics are also the same – worry over less than ample resources and ability, and weariness in the labor and difficulty of your task. “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season you shall reap, if you faint not. As you have opportunity, do good to all men.” Galatians 6:9-10 KJV. There are times you have to just keep on keeping on.

And if those devilish schemes don’t succeed in your quitting, your enemy will use warfare. “Put on God’s armor so that you will be able to stand against all strategies and tricks of the devil . . not fighting against flesh and blood, but against . . mighty powers of darkness . . resist the enemy so that after every battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground.” Read Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT.

My prayer for you today is that you remain steadfast, unmovable, always abounding!

Devotionals , , , , , , , , , , , ,