The road to success is not as difficult as many would like to portray it. It is unfortunate that many equate it with riches instead of by personal fulfilment. This flame is often being fueled by many preachers for personal gain. Matthew 7:20-21 (NIV) states; "So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." We are encouraged to live a life reflective of our Heavenly Father and not one for selfish gain or display.
Mark 10:17-27 tells the story of the rich young ruler who wanted to know how he could be saved. Reading his heart Jesus told him to sell all he has and give it to the poor. Jesus was only testing him as he knew that he was too attached to his worldly possessions and this is getting in the way of him making the right decision. Disappointed the young man turned and walk away.
One of the secrets to success is being charitable. Paul mentions this in 1 Corinthians 13:1, 13; "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." Charity is important as this demonstrates our love for God and each other. In creation God created everything and gave it to Adam. To save the world and give us eternal life; God gave us his only begotten son.
The rich are always giving and therefore are becoming richer. The poor claim they have nothing to give and ultimately become poorer. You do not need a million dollars to begin the process of giving. Luke 21:1-4, tells the touching story of a poor widow who gave as much as she could afford and did so discreetly in relation to a rich man who came in previously and made a display of his giving. Though he gave more the widow's mite was regarded with more blessings.
The poor has no possession to give, how can they begin on the path of success? John D. Rockefeller Sr. began giving when he was poor. He kept meticulous records of his spending because he repeatedly told himself God would bless him with more to give away. Mahatma Ghandi did not have much to give but he gave of his time. He envisioned the fight for freedom of his people a task more lucrative than gold. There is also the story of Diane Thompson. She has a heart of gold and truly is a symbol of success. She is by no means a millionaire, however, after receiving her medical degree she wanted to do more than helping one patient at a time. I am sure she gave it a lot of thought and felt nervous before she began her current task of tackling health issues by educating the public on how to prevent seeing a doctor. Her show speaks of health and other issues the public currently faces and does this through her weekly program;( http://www.blogtalkradio.com/drdianethompson)
In hindsight, one may think she is on the path of putting herself out of business. If you think that; you definitely don't know Dr. Diane Thompson. It means more to her to give you a clean bill of health than treating your disease. She does not have a million dollars to give, however, she gives of her time and time is money. I have never heard a dying person wished for more time to work a another dollar but wished he/she had it to do more good for their family, friends or humanity.
If you are seriously thinking of being successful think of ways you can start giving back. It may not be a dollar. It could be an hour of your time each week to a child who needs guidance or the elderly who needs help around the house.
Remember success is not in the acquisition of things but the person you become in the process. God indeed loves a cheerful giver.
Have a blessed week and as always, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)