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The Key to Success

“The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.”

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We are often taught the importance of navigating places and moments of adversity from the perspective of effectively maximizing uncomfortable seasons and circumstances providentially allowed by our Heavenly Father.  By comparison, lessons that teach us how to strategically walk through the successful seasons of our lives seem to be far fewer in number.  I would argue that it is just as important to learn how to handle seasons of success as it is seasons of adversity.  As a matter of fact, seasons of plenty and abundance can be dangerous for the person who is ill-advised of the responsibility that comes with it.   Subtle traps of pride and relaxed discipline can slowly but certainly shift us to places of destruction and calamity when we are unaware of how to effectively tread the course of success. 


Scripture tells us in Proverbs 9:10 that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”.  The foundation of our understanding of any success that we experience in our lives must be that it originated by and from God.  Don’t allow pride to cause you to feel that your intellect, connections, positioning, or anything other than the Good Hand of the Lord upon your life is responsible for your success.  We must guard our hearts from the sins of pride and conceit that would cause us to put our confidence in anything other than our Heavenly Father.  It does not matter how strategic we are, how intelligent we may be, how many connections we may have, or even how much money we have at our disposal, we must recognize that it is the Lord Himself that allows the success in our lives and direct that glory back to Him.  

Secondly, effectively navigating success requires that we maintain the same level of discipline (or greater) that helped us to achieve our initial success.  It is human nature to relax once we get to a place of comfort.  The danger of getting too comfortable once we have achieved a certain level of success is that there is a tendency to cut back on the spiritual virtues we had been faithfully employing when we weren’t as comfortable.  The trend is that when we are in the dire straits of adversity we are faithful to remember God in prayer, consistent in our church attendance, and committed to feeding on the Word of the Lord.  Conversely, during seasons of surplus and success those virtues tend to take a backseat as we begin to enjoy the comforts that our season of abundance has allowed us to relish.  The obvious risk of failing to engage consistent discipline is that it leaves us open and vulnerable to attack that we are not prepared for because we have become consumed with the creature comforts of our success.   I challenge you to not be distracted by the comforts of your success, but rather, remain steadfast and consistent in your devotion to the Lord.

Finally, knowing that “every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord” we can be assured that it is His intention that we enjoy the fruit of success.  We must be careful, however, to properly steward the success that He allows to come into our hands.  Success that is properly managed will yield maximum results in our lives and bring glory to our Heavenly Father.  It demonstrates to Him that we have the requisite maturity to handle what He has given to us and is indicative of our capacity to handle more in the future.     

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