You do it, I do it too. We all go through life seeking success. My last post detailed what to do to reach true success. This writing highlights the “not-to-do” list when looking for success.
Cameron Mills opened the door; the long-awaited delivery truck presented him with the box that contained the representation of success, the symbol of having reached the top.
The ring inside the box served to show his champion status as part of the National Basketball Championship for the Kentucky Wild Cats.
He unwrapped the package, opened the box. But, when he put on the ring, no fireworks went off, no halleluiah choir resounded. The first thing he thought of was, “is that all there is.” And then his next thought was “I have to go for another one.”
That’s what success often brings—false rewards and unexpected disappointments. And sadly, the hunger for more still gnaws.
Is reaching the top bad? Not at all. As long as we know what the top may bring and what it will still lack.
God understands our human nature to want to succeed, to achieve and reach higher heights. He also knows how frail we can be during the journey, and in 2 Corinthians 4, God details four things to avoid:
- Feeling broken. We’re pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken.
- Tempted to quit. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit.
- Feeling crushed. We are often troubled, but not crushed.
- Succumbing to despair. Sometimes we may be in doubt, but never in despair.
Cameron Mills learned that success isn’t always found in championships, but in being the champion for Christ. During the journey, with Christ as the coach, we aren’t crushed or broken. We never quit. And we’re never in despair.
Rather, we’re in constant success, at the top of the situation, receiving the ring of pure, delicious contentment.
Father, I confess, I hungered to reach higher heights in my career, as a speaker, author and Christian coach. But in the process, I had been crushed, tempted with doubt, approaching despair. But now I know that with you, I did reach the top of a life that sings with contentment. In Jesus’s name, amen.
- What pitfalls have you encountered on your journey to the top?
- Has doubt or despair been stumbling blocks for you?
- What do you need to avoid when seeking success?
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