10th Dec, 2009

What is Success?

This week Dr. Harold Finch visited the University of the Nations. In his 20s he obtained the NASA contract for the company he was employed by for the Apollo spaceship. At the time it was the plum project for scientists everywhere. He then switched careers to education and planted a new Community College in one year’s time. It later became one of the top colleges in its classification in the United States. Then, he decided to develop a training company for businesses and managers and within five years it was the top management training company in the United States. He sold the business to H & R Block and went to work funding missionaries and mission work, including his family’s mission projects.

He gave an excellent definition of success: “Fulfilling the desires of your heart.”

The more I thought about that the more I realized he wasn’t just giving a good definition; he was giving God’s definition.

Consider Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Given the Truth that the chief end of man is to glorify God (thanks John Piper), and that God tells us that when we do that very thing we will be given the desires of our heart, we can quickly see that success at our purpose – glorifying God – results in fulfilled desires!

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6.

Ask God to remind you of the true desires of your heart. Does your daily routine truly fufill those? If not, you should ask God why not and how you can find yourself on a daily walk that is fulfilling.

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