“I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.”
Daily Express: God can give you lifelong success.
The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called "failure," a
loop called "confusion," speed bumps called "friends," red lights called
"enemies," caution lights called "family." You will have flats called "jobs."
But, if you have a spare called "determination," an engine called
"perseverance," insurance called "faith," and a driver called Jesus, you will
make it to a place called SUCCESS.
I recently talked about Mary Kay Ash on a Positive Daily Inspiration Video.
Let me tell you a little bit more of her story. The day before Mary Kay Ash
was to launch her cosmetic business, her husband, who was to be the CFO
of the business, died suddenly. Everyone told her to fold her tent
and get a job. She listened politely to her lawyer, accountant, and friends
and then went right ahead with the business plan.
Mary Kay cosmetics has given thousands of women around the world the leg up they
needed to provide financial and psychological security for themselves and their families.
In 1976, Steve Chandler worked as a sportswriter, a very different field
from his current career as a successful motivational speaker. One day,
almost 30 years ago, he had an interview with the famous bodybuilder named
Schwarzenegger had recently retired from his sport, and Chandler asked him
about his future plans. Arnold replied, "I'm going to be the number one
box office star in all of Hollywood. Chandler wanted to laugh, but he
restrained himself. Here was a guy with the body of Goliath, an accent as
thick as paste, and almost no acting experience. Box-office stardom
seemed an unlikely goal. But Schwarzenegger had thought it through very
carefully. He said, "It's the same process used in bodybuilding. What
you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and then live into that
picture, as if it were already true.” He probably did not bring up,
that after he became a number one box office star, he would be governor
of California. Some things are just too much for the ears of the doubter to hear.
This is precisely what Jesus meant when he said, when you pray – believe
that you have ALREADY received!
Sometimes success happens even in spite of ourselves. Take the case of
Elliot Daniel who died recently at the age of 89. At his passing he was a
very rich man. He composed the upbeat theme song for "I Love Lucy."
Absolutely convinced that this wacky sitcom would sink, he initially asked
that his name not appear in the credits.
I once saw Shania Twain, the country singer, perform onstage. From the
moment her parents’ car slammed into a logging truck in 1967, Shania Twain never had
the chance to fully mourn their deaths. Just 21, Twain took on a great
deal of responsibility for her entire family. Her singing paid the
mortgage on the house she and her three younger siblings lived in.
Shania Twain has been one of country music's hottest stars. But back then,
she sang for her family's survival. She said, "Taking care of my family
was a blessing in disguise. It was a total distraction from my grief.
If you focus instead on people who need you, you may do yourself the biggest favor."
Many things happen in life that can stop us on our road forward towards
success. Sometimes it’s misfortunate events, and sometimes it's
self-sabotage that stops the forward movement.
God can help. God can show the way. God can re-motivate you. God can
help you get employment. God can influence others to help.
Trying to travel the road towards success without God's help is like a
form of self-sabotage.
Ask for God's help today so that you can enjoy a more successful life.
Dear God, I pray a simple but profound life-changing prayer for me.
I ask for Your help for me to obtain lifelong success.
Thank You God!
In Jesus Christ name… Amen
POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION: God is with me and within me, God is successful, therefore I am successful.
POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE: "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation
with the bricks others have thrown at him." David Brinkley