Most folks would agree; life is a combination of successes and failures. You rejoice over your successes and try and learn from your failures. But, in reality, it’s not always that simple. Each person tends to look at success in different ways depending on the context with how they live their lives. Like the story below success may be viewed in very small ways or even impractical ways.
A hobo was bragging to his friends in the railroad yard. “Thirty years ago,” he said, “I started out, alone, unaided, and without friends to help, with the intention of making the world pay me the living that it owes me. All I had was a dollar bill and the determination to make a million more. Today, I still have the determination and fifty cents in change.”
Success is sometimes built upon many failures; for instance, Thomas Edison once said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.” If we never give up; then we’ve never truly failed. Like the cute story about the hobo illustrates, success isn’t always about what we have in life, it’s a mindset, a way of thinking.
We can be successes in every level of life and the opposite is true as well, we can be failures in every level of society. The rich fail in ways we could never dream of; the appearance of success often times is just a shell to protect the truth about ones life.
True success is in knowing God and His plan for man; understanding His will and His meaning for a successful life. We rarely encounter folks who have seemingly everything in life willing to be successful in the Kingdom of God. What a pity, it would seem they would understand the importance of being a success in the eyes of God.