What (Else) Can We Tell Men About True Success?
Anyone who ever made a success of his life did so by following a “success system” of his own making. No two systems ever look quite alike, because no two people are ever quite alike. What all those success systems do have in common, however, is a man who wanted to do something with his life—someone who invested the time to think and fine tune a system that would work for them.
Of course, any system not built on the foundation of Christ is doomed. Regrettably, the person who builds with wood, hay, and stubble won’t learn they have built on the wrong foundation for 20, 30, or more years—often after giving the best years of their lives to a success system that never had any possibility of achieving true success.
What are the components of a system that leads to true success? Twenty plus years ago I asked a friend to calligraphy my 10-point success system in a framed document which stills hangs on my wall. I can’t think of anything in the 20+ years since that would make me want to change anything. BTW, each plank is built on Scripture. See if you can identify which texts…
- To love God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
- To keep family life as our highest priority after God.
- To invest in people and relationships.
- To think and act with integrity.
- To pursue excellence in every undertaking.
- To express gratitude whenever possible.
- To lead a disciplined, prudent life.
- To acquire wisdom in humility and the fear of the Lord.
- To trust God completely and not worry about life’s many cares.
- To live by setting and working toward realistic goals.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Each man’s list will be different, but my list probably touches most of the core concepts any system will address. If this catches you at a good time, why don’t you plan to spend some time working out the components of your own success system. You could print this Weekly Briefing and stick it in your Bible. Then some Saturday morning spend an hour of so reflecting on your system. Write down your thoughts. Francis Bacon said, “Writing maketh an exact man.”
Together in the Battle for Men’s Souls,