The difference between those who do something and those who don’t is that those who do something . . . do something!
You have the ability to live a liberated life, free from sin and full of God’s goodness, grace, and mercy. When you obey Him, you can anticipate that He will reveal exciting new things to you. Never forget – the keys to crossing any bridge successfully is faith and obedience.
A “successful” life has become a violent enterprise. We make war on our own bodies, pushing them beyond their limits; war on our children, because we cannot find enough time to be with them when they are hurt and afraid and need our company; war on our spirit, because we are too preoccupied to listen to the quiet voices that seek to nourish and refresh us; war on our communities, because we are fearfully protecting what we have, and do not feel safe enough to be kind and generous; war on the earth, because we cannot take the time to place our feet on the ground and allow it to feed us, to taste its blessings and give thanks.
Jesus’ stunning success in teaching and feeding the 5,000 at the beginning of John 6 is followed just a few paragraphs later by a corresponding numerical failure: “At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him” (John 6:66 NLT). Jesus didn’t wring his hands and question his preaching strategy; he remained content, knowing he was in the Father’s will. He had a larger perspective on what God was doing. Success isn’t always bigger and better.
God’s view of success is vastly different from our own. We don’t need to prove our worthiness to be accepted. We don’t need to climb over others to reach the prize. He gives freely to all who come to Him with a humble heart and an outstretched hand. He penalizes those who use others for their own gain. In His kingdom, the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
When we’ve had a good year in our own kingdom, we aren’t necessarily looking for God’s Kingdom.
Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.