Tuesday, April 22, 2008

success and failure [+] Tuesday E-Devotion

Joshua 1:7 (nlt) --- Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.
The sign reads (as does the old saying), "If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time."
The past week or so has been full of dreaming, re-thinking and examining with lots of vision who I am, what it is I do and who are the people that I am blessed to lead.  God is so gracious, yet life is not easy.  Have you been there?
Staying in one place doesn't cut it.  Not seeking to make what you do the best is wrong.  Living the status quo doesn't get the job done.  What do you think?
Ben Arment said it this way in a recent blog postIf you are executing the same creative ideas you did last year because they worked, you are already on the decline.
We CANNOT define success based on what the world calls success.  In fact, in God's re-definition of success we learn that His heart is for people, not projects.  His success is about obedience to Him and not results from us.  Therefore, failure has to be re-defined, too.  Failure is "anything we do without God."  Did you get that?
It is vital that we let God care for our success and our failure, we learn from both.  It is important that we align our hearts, heads and all we do with real success.
Psalm 118:25 (nlt) --- Please, Lord, please save us.  Please, Lord, please give us success.
Job 5:3 (nlt) --- I have seen that fools may be successful for the moment, but then comes sudden disaster.
Psalm 20:7 (niv) --- Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

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