The Test of Success

Here’s an observation I believe we all have made….when being successful is so overwhelming, one becomes a failure. This is commonplace with our celebrities. They work so hard for their success and then they go out and live with no discipline or self-respect, all while expecting the world to bow down at their feet. Essentially, they worship themselves. They believe their “success” is complete and they no longer have to work for anything.
I believe what’s more incredible is the fantasy that we can all achieve this type of status in some form. When I look hard at the scenario from a distance, I can see how deceiving this is. No one will ever reach this status, because no one is worthy of it. Especially us self-serving Americans. We say we want one thing, but then we turn around and behave like we want something else. An example? We want true equality for all citizens. But do we? True equality would mean equal accessiblity to the same opportunities. True equality means we provide assistance to all people, not just the ones we “feel” deserve it. True equality would take away the tax benefits of married persons and provide the same benefits to all people, regardless of social status. Instead, we want the gay marriage thing to be passed but we still draw the line at polygamy. What’s the difference, if we’re speaking ethically. My ethics dictate that both scenarios are wrong, but that doesn’t mean that your ethics dictate the same thing. The point is, if we were to do away with the tax benefit, it wouldn’t be an issue, in my opinion. But, I digress….
I look at the way our celebrity system is set up. If we have a celebrity who drinks, curses, is arrested or gets into some kind of trouble, our society seems to gravitate towards that person and boost his or her popularity, at least for a little while. If they “straighten” themselves out, we praise them, and if they continue to circle the drain, we lament them, but we always seem to be talking about them. However, the celebrities who are private, do their job and stay out of the “limelight” are often ignored, or at least don’t get the amount of attention that our trouble makers do. Then, there are those celebrities who actually have taken a stand for their morals and faith. Those guys we want to sweep under the rug or find an excuse to get rid of them. We certainly don’t waste our time talking about them the way we probably should be.
I’m sorry if you don’t like it, but I have to say it. Tim Tebow has so far shown that he can rise to worldly success and fall in the eyes of the people in this world, yet remain stable in his faith. This is what I want to be like. This is what I want my family to be like. We are each on our road to success. I want each day to start off with our remembering what Jesus did for us so that we may have eternal life. I want to spend each day looking for someone to encourage and remind that the circumstances don’t mean anything, but that God loves us all equally (no tax benefit involved). We each have the same opportunity to accept Him and serve each other in remembrance of what His Son did for us. This is part of the relationship we have with Him. He told us what to do and how to do it, we just have to take that step. He wants us to be successful, we just have to learn how to define success properly.
Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause, and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant”.


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