He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. – Psalms 1:3
Although “success” often seems to be a distinctly “American” ideal, it is defined in many ways by many different cultures around the world. Perhaps, the most important question is now how our country defines it or even how we define it (personally), but rather how success is seen by our Creator.
Media consistently (and tirelessly) projects success in a manner that appeals to our temporal natures: possessions and fame. Yet, if we consider ourselves to be aligned with God’s purposes in Christ Jesus, a different standard applies. Scripture, as always, is our first source for all instruction and according to King David, if we desire to succeed, then we must be “delighting in the LORD’s instruction” and “meditating on it day and night.” In other words, the key to our ultimate success does not lie within “us,” but rather it is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ (the Lord of the Universe) – and even when it does not feel like we are succeeding, with Christ it is impossible to fail.
We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing. – Robert E. Lee
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
View all posts by Dr. David Pope