Do you consider yourself successful? Think about it.
I don’t. And I’ll tell you why.
You never arrive at success. If you think you do then your decline has begun.
Success is always a moving target. Today’s success may become tomorrow’s irrelevance.
You never arrive at success. You spar with it. You wrestle with it. And even when you attain it you raise the bar and strive more for it.
This is why I don’t consider myself successful, I am merely a work in progress.
Do you consider yourself successful? Think about it.
Thinking people can disagree without being rude. But there will always be rude people. When a person insults you that does not make you ugly. But you know for sure who is.
Never insult back…you now have the upper hand. The person who is kind and gracious exhibit silent strength.
Speed is not the answer to life issues. Even if you can run 100 km.per hour but are running in the wrong direction then your destruction will only come faster and sooner. Life is not a 100 meter sprint, it is a marathon. Pace yourself. Most importantly, be sure you are running in the right direction. Somebody said: “Success is not achieved by intention but by direction.”
Happy work week. Mine will be extra-full but I know I will be given extra-joy!
One of my most admired philosopher and scholar is the famous C. S. Lewis whose life is featured in a movie portrayed by Anthony Hopkins entitled: “Grace Lands.”
Lewis is a firm believer of the Christian Faith.
According to Lewis himself, he was convinced of the Christian faith amazingly after reading the book entitled: “The Atheist.”
Reading his works is like working in a mine.
You know there’s just so much in him but you need to get from him one piece at a time.
Listen to his wisdom and commentary on love:
No one ever said it better than C. S. Lewis: To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable…. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers of love… is Hell.
Listen to what Lewis has to say about Christians and their contributions to the world.
C. S. Lewis says:
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
Now listen to what he says about desire.
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. And indeed he was.
David McCasland says: “The death of C. S. Lewis on November 22, 1963, has long been over-shadowed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on the same day. While the anniversary of Lewis’ death rarely makes the headlines, the worldwide impact of this British scholar, teacher, and author continues to grow 40 years after his passing.
His books sell more than 3 million copies a year and the most famous, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Chronicles Of Narnia, have been reprinted scores of times.
Converted to Christ as an adult, Lewis put his keen mind and imagination to work in the service of God. As a well-known writer and speaker, he continued a simple lifestyle.
Michael Nelson has written in the International Herald Tribune: “Two-thirds of his book royalties were earmarked for charities. He never traveled abroad, even when fame brought invitations to lecture from around the world.”
Lewis gave us the incomparable gift of a fresh, creative look at our fallen human condition and the timeless power of the gospel of Christ. He lived out the command to serve the body of believers through whatever gift God has given us by His grace (Romans 12:4-6). His example can spur us on to use our God-given gifts for His glory.”
Read his books and experience another level of depth in living.
Our country needs to gain more wisdom and depth not only in the way we live but in the way we think.
Cheap entertainment will not improve our lives. So may I make a suggestion.
Turn off the boob tube, open your desk lamp and start reading C. S. Lewis’ books.
You’ll never regret it.
Jesus always equates riches and wealth with eternity.
Do not expect God to one day say, “Well done, you’ve left so many things behind.”
If people live this thought then there will be lesser greedy people around and more good will be done.
We can be very positive and confident even when we are wrong. To be positive and confident is easy but to have the humility to be corrected is difficult yet herein lies the difference between one who succeeds and one who will eventually fail.
Dr. Ravi says “Love is in itself is very exclusive.” The day you said “I do” to one woman is equivalent to saying “I don’t” to other women.
The man who loves many has effectively loved none. Yet the man in faithfulness having loved just one has loved them all.
What I heard Dr. Ravi said blew my mind. Today, you don’t get to hear love explained this way anymore. Do you agree?
Money is a powerful motivational tool. Asks sales people. Commissions matter to them. But amazingly, monetary rewards turn off creativity in people whose intrinsic motivation is in the deed itself. A painter paints not necessarily for the money. Pay the painter for a work and the painter could not give his or her best. What’s powerful is mastery of one’s work and a sense of purpose. Master your work. Seek your purpose. Excel and money will follow.