A Lesson in Success and Self Preservation

A Lesson in Success and Self Preservation

A Lesson in Success and Self Preservation

One day, a young soldier walked up to a much-decorated senior officer in the army and asked him, “Sir, what is the secret of your success in the army? I want to be successful too.”

The officer looked at the young soldier steadily for about three minutes and gave him a threatening order. He gave the young soldier a cup full of water and told him to walk round the training field five times. He clearly told him that his life depended on it, and if a drop of waterfalls from the cup, another soldier would shoot him on the head. Four soldiers were strategically positioned to shoot him down once a drop of water falls from the cup.

Seeing how serious the whole thing turned out, he took the cup full of water and went out to complete his assignment. The young soldier carefully walked round the training field five times without letting a drop fall from the cup. At the completion of the task, he returned the full cup to the senior officer.

When the man saw his commitment to preserve his life by not allowing a drop of water out of the cup, he asked him the following questions:

‘Did you see those half-naked girls dancing at the mammy market?”

The young soldier replied, “No.”

“Did you see those soldiers playing football in the field?”

The young soldier replied, “No.”

“What about those fighting across the other side of the field?”

The young soldier replied, “No.”

Then, the officer looked at him and said, “If you keep focusing on your task, you will succeed and preserve your life also.”

At that point, the young soldier left happily.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.Isaiah 50:7

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Success Principles

Success Principles

Success Principles

Accept
Accept others for who they are and for the choices they have made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives or actions.

Break Away
Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

Create
Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness together.

Decide
Decide that you’ll be successful and happy, come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

Explore
Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you’ll learn more about yourself.

Forgive
Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

Grow
Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.

Hope
Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

Ignore
Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

Journey
Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, is mostly by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day and you will grow in Knowledge.

Know
Know that no matter how bad things seem to be, they will always get better. The harshest winter always follows the warmth of Spring.

Love
Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there is no room for anything else. But when love is in your heart, there’s room for endless happiness.

Manage
Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you’ll suffer less stress and worry. Then you’ll be able to focus on the important things in life.

Notice
Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering people. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

Open
Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there’s still much to be thankful for.

Play
Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

Question
Ask many questions, because you are here to learn and be informed.

Relax
Refuse to let worry and stress rule your Life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

Share
Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times Multiplied.

Try
Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

Use
Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that is wasted has no value. Talent that is made into efforts will bring unexpected rewards.

Value
Value the friends and family members who have supported and encouraged you and be there for them as well.

Work
Work hard every day to be the best person you aspire to be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

X-Ray
Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you will see the goodness and beauty within.

Yield
Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you will find success at the end of the road.

Zoom
Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, in your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”Acts 20:32

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The Variables of Success and Prosperity (Part 4)

The Variables of Success and Prosperity (Part 4)

The Variables of Success and Prosperity (Part 4)

And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.
1 Kings 2:3

For some days now, we have been considering God’s factor to success in comparison with other popular factors, such as location and choice of vocation. One variable that remains constant in all the scriptures we have considered thus far is the word of God. As we have seen, while your location or choice of career/business may be relevant to your success, inasmuch as those are in tandem with your divine gifting and natural strength, these variables can change from person to person, and do not necessarily have universal application.

Someone who deals in night soil in a remote village can be extremely prosperous, whilst another person engaged in similar vocation in a city will not be as successful. The same way engineers or medical doctors operating in the same location would have varying degree of success. This shows that the variables of location and vocation are not certain to guarantee success.

However, one variable that is constant and is not subject to the principle of place or vocation is the word of God. No matter the career path you are engaged, or what location you are based, God does not need these to prosper you. According to the passage above, all He needs to make you a success is your dutiful adherence to His word – to keep His charge, walk in His ways, and keep His statutes, then you will prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Variables of Success and Prosperity (Part 3)

The Variables of Success and Prosperity (Part 3)

The Variables of Success and Prosperity (Part 3)

Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
Joshua 1:7

Success experts and motivational speakers have also told us that success is a function of location. Perhaps, this is true, but that is to the extent that such location refers to an intangible one, as against a physical environment. Because in the passage above, God tells us that He will prosper whoever observes His laws and strictly adheres to them, anywhere such person is!

That tells us that God-given prosperity is not a function of place, but a consequence of unflinching commitment to the word of God. Perhaps, this can be a turnaround for the millions of people who desire to leave their country of origin in search of greener pastures in another country. Your prosperity is not determined by your physical environment, your prosperity is determined by your inclination to the word of God.

If you channel all the energy you devote to pursuing means to check out of your country to studying and applying the counsel of God, you would see a significant improvement in your bottom line. Now, that assurance is premised on nothing else but the integrity of the word of God alone.

It does not cost God anything to bless you. Oftentimes, we are the one restraining His hand by our half-hearted devotion to Him. He vouches that He will prosper whoever observes His law wherever he/she goes. This shows that the prosperity of such person will not be a function of his/her physical location, but as a result of his/her commitment to God’s word.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Variables of Success and Prosperity (Part 2)

The Variables of Success and Prosperity (Part 2)

The Variables of Success and Prosperity (Part 2)

Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.
Deuteronomy 29:9

The pursuit of success and prosperity has led many into subscribing to career or professional paths that run contrary to their natural strength and divine gifting. So many people have chosen perceived high-profile professions with the aim of gaining wealth and fame thereby. But this has often proved counter-productive, as they neither found happiness nor success in what they do. Instead, frustration sums their days and clouds the joy they could have derived from doing what they were made for.

Meanwhile, contrary to popular belief that you have to do certain businesses or practise certain professions to be prosperous, the passage above tells us God says what needs be done is to keep the words of His covenant. In other words, He is saying keep the terms He spelt out in His engagements with our forbears in the Bible, both in the old and new testaments, then you will be prosperous –  irrespective of what you do as career or business!

God has declared that silver and gold are His, the same with the earth and all that exist on it. And whoever He pleases He blesses with the resources of the earth, irrespective of the person’s race or vocation.

For emphasis, God-given prosperity does not depend on what you do. To God, the job or business you do is immaterial, as He can bless anything, no matter how menial, as long as it is legal and not injurious to the wellbeing of others. God can make a meagre vocation a high-income earner. The key is to be engaged doing something, not staying idle, and to diligently keep His rules for living. That way, your prosperity is sure.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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What God Wants

What God Wants

What God Wants

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Saviour appeared. The Lord told the man He had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, day after day.

For many years he toiled from sun up to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, the adversary decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man’s weary mind: “You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn’t budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it.”

Thus giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. “Why kill myself over this?” he thought. “I’ll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort and that will be good enough.” And that was what he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.

“Lord,” he said, “I have laboured long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimetre. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”

The Lord responded compassionately, “My son, when I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never did I mention to you that I expected you to move the rock. Your task was to push, and now you come to me, with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so?

Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscular, your back sinewy and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition, you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.

Yet you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient, push, exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you have done. I, my friend, will now move the rock.”

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves the mountains.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.Proverbs 3:5

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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