How to Be Successful in God's Eyes
In life, we may encounter exceptional people that have achieved great success by the world's standards. Typically, we applaud them and rejoice in their success. However, at other times it may be more challenging to celebrate the accomplishments of others. We may struggle with feelings of jealousy or even disappointment, when we consider our own mediocrity.
If you've ever experienced these emotions, it's important to remember that there is always a "price" for success. Although, frequently we don't know the "price" that was paid, there is always sacrifice involved. So whether you desire to have a strong marriage, exemplary children, a fit body or that killer career, until you're willing to do what "they" did, it's likely you won't have what "they" have.
God does not randomly bless people...However, God does bless people based on their integrity and their willingness to explicitly follow His instructions and principles. So, if you're looking to be successful, let's look at the HEART of the matter - OUR HEARTS!
Genesis 4:7 "Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."
Growing Pains are Necessary
Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is to watch a loved one experience growing pains (whether in the spiritual or natural realm). It's temping to want to intervene and rescue them from their difficult situation. However, in some situations it's best to just let them struggle through and learn to trust in God (instead of you)...It'll make them stronger!
James 1:2-5 states, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
Wisdom is great but Godly wisdom is better!