February 26, 2018

By Paul J Banta

Proverbs 3:5-13 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.  My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.  Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.” – NLT

Everyone has had success in their lives.  It’s a good feeling to have success when you use your talents to help others. It’s always the intention of the Lord to feel this way. A victory gives you impetus, courage, and a reason to be more successful. Your successes create more success!  Success is what we’re to be about on this earth. We were not born into this world to go through life without having success stories. This is God’s plan for us in this game and the game of life. If you wrongly choose your path, you’ll to be unsuccessful. The foolish world and foolish people you relate too often would like you to believe that God wants you to be a mess up and He really can’t impact you and how you should operate. Who are you blaming?  Is it not God’s plan for you to every loose not achieving success from your talents in Kingdom work? He wants you to be very successful. Imagine God wanting you not to be successful. That’s a joke! The devil, instead, want you to have a lifetime of bad experiences from your efforts, and he opposes everything in the path of God’s plan for your life. The Bible is full of one success story after another, and it reveals a God who cares deeply to see His plan for you succeed.

Success is a positive outcome of an event you experience, a result that comes about through your efforts of accomplishment with divine steps to achieve who you’re to be. In other words, you plan something, do it, and get results that make you feel good about yourself. Think about it—Success, for the most part, is designed for you. It’s personal, and it’s fulfilling. Significance, on the other hand, is the potential you possess to be influential over others when you give your efforts in a way that will have meaning or value to change their direction. In other words, what you achieve provides something desirable, valuable, or useful to others. That means you find the way, take the time, and have the guts to choose and follow your path in life to use your past successes to impact the lives of others for Christ significantly.

Your success may have started during your childhood, your early school life, your high school years, your university life, your married life, playing experience, coaching or employment career. Your success may have come from your cultural background, family, education, church life, community, job, marriage, or parenting. Chances are you’re a former soccer player, and you had success in your playing career. Remember those times of triumph! You succeeded in winning matches, you impacted your team-mates, and you have been looked at by your school, club or community as being able to help others. You’re a winner! What are you going to do with it today and tomorrow? What are you doing with your past successes to be the person of significance God intended you to be? The sooner you start being significant, the sooner you’ll realize that you’re really on God’s team and no longer succeed for others or yourself. That’s a much better way. It yields much better outcomes! Much better rewards await you! Are you ready to move forward and allow Proverbs 3:5-13 to be your calling? In those verses, Solomon says we are to trust and honor God. Verse 6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths playing or coaching soccer with passion and purpose straight.” Verse 13 says, “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.”

What’s your next move?