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What is Success - Issue 208
July 08, 2011
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This week is a busy one for our family so for my newsletter I am republishing a page from my website: What is success? You may have read it before, but I encourage you to continue to scroll down and read it again as how we think of success will affect the activities and studies we plan for our children as well as how we assess what is going on in our home (whether we are homeschooling or not).
I also have links at the bottom of the newsletter to my blog. I wrote a few posts this last week on character training.
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What is Success?Our understanding of Success will have a direct affect on the choices we make as we train our children. Success is something that the world we live in attains to; it is something that we all want for ourselves and for our children.
I believe that our definition of success, as a Christian, should be different than the definition we see around us. We are to be in the world but not of the world - our language and understanding of things need to be different. Has the spirit of success, as the world sees it, influenced us?
Success is seen as achieving:
Success must mean something else in God's world because the very things man sees as success God warns against.
Finding Application in our Family
These thoughts on success are to be considered in my own life, what drives me personally, and as a parent for my children’s lives, what motivates me as I mould their lives.
Are my efforts at educating my children being driven by a desire for them to be successful?
Or is my desire for my children directing them
Who were the successful men in the Bible?
Our son's thoughts
At this point in writing these thoughts Joshua (12yo at the time) joined me and I asked him, Who do you think were successful people in the Bible? I typed as he talked to me and I was so blessed by his responses I thought I would conclude my thoughts with his.
This is what he had to say*:
Not Samson because ..... in a way he was successful because he managed to bring down his enemies with him, but he wasn't successful spiritually throughout his life.
Gideon - he achieved what he wanted to do so he succeeded in that but as far as the world goes that was his only great thing - spiritually he did it but he took a lot of convincing so he wasn’t really ..... no, you can't be successful spiritually when you doubt. (One of his 7 sons turned out to be a brat. He killed all his brothers except one who escaped.)
I can think of only one character who was totally successful and that was Jesus. Why? Because he always did what God told him to. Physically he achieved dying on the cross and teaching us how to live. Which blends in very much with the spiritual, which was to do what God told him to do.
Being successful is to do what God asked you to do. To achieve your aim. Spiritually that means to achieve what God asks you to do.
There are so many times you can be successful, though you may fail once. God forgives you.
*These thoughts are Joshua’s exact words –
they may appear disjointed in type but
I have left them as they are as it
shows you his thinking process
as he considered Success.
How do you consider success and how does that affect your life?
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