“Recipe for Success”: Pt 1
Success is different things for different people. Would you consider yourself a successful person? If so, what made you successful and if not, what do you need to become successful in your own eyes? Of course, we can debate “success,” and it probably all boils down to an opinion. A person may be tremendously successful in business, but a lousy husband or wife. A person may be an excellent father as far as loving and spending time with his kids but refuses to work. So, I guess we can say, one can succeed in one thing and not another. Does success mean contentment? It’s a word used a lot, but how would you define it? Getting good grades in school and college? Having a good job? Having lots of friends and popular with people? Having lots of money in the bank? What does it mean to be successful?

Describing success often refers to what we have done or achieved in life. Many times, when we introduce a friend to others, we may say this is so and so and he plays football for the Atlanta Falcons. Or she is a VP or CEO at a large corporation. Granted, people pay a steep price mentally, emotionally, and physically to achieve such prominence. In your opinion, would you say a person is successful by accomplishments or WHO they are as a person? What do you think the Lord thinks? I don’t want to be caught up in what makes a person successful or not successful, because frankly, I’m not sure. What I do know is that there is something to be said about the person that is “Comfortable in their own skin.” This is a confident person giving their best every day trying to make a difference in the life of another person. There are a few things I’ve done and lots of things I didn’t do or accomplish. But when my life is over, I believe I’d feel it was worthwhile if my wife and kids could say, “He was a man of God, was honest and had integrity. We never once doubted his love and care for us and he had compassion for others.” To me personally, I could be happy with that. I often say, my desire is for my wife to say standing next to my casket, “The best decision I ever made was to marry him.”

Success? What about spiritual success? Is there such a thing? I vote “YES!” It starts with believing the Word of God and that Jesus Christ is exactly who He says He is. Spiritual success will grow when we read the Bible and BELIEVE what It says. Peter wrote, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (I Pet. 1:2). His words become stronger in the next two verses. “His (God’s) divine power has given us EVERYTHING WE NEED for life and godliness through our KNOWLEDGE of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these HE HAS GIVEN US his very great and precious PROMISES, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world created by evil desires.” Your homework for today is to think about “success.” What does it mean to you? Does it matter what other people think of you? How would you evaluate your spiritual life at this very moment? Do you KNOW God? Not do you know who He is, do you KNOW HIM? Read the three verses mentioned previously. How are they being applied to your life today? Let’s continue this thought process tomorrow.

Pastor Carnes