During a Sunday school class I attended this past Sunday, one of the primary talking points was utilizing self-discipline to improve our lives. I thoroughly enjoyed the class.
I enjoy our Wednesday discussions. I thought it suitable to discuss some highlights from the Sunday school class in today’s meditation and my own personal study of this information.
What would you do if there were a specific recipe for success? What if you knew the ingredients and had the ingredients at your disposal? Would you follow the recipe and secure your success?
Many people have varying plans for success, but the true plan for any success starts with your faith. In other words, it all begins with what you believe. Personally, I believe in God, which drives my success.
Some of you are probably wondering what is the recipe for success. Well, wait no longer, here it is:
Recipe for Success
A heart of FAITH
A willingness to SUFFER
A resolve to PERSEVERE
A lifestyle of CHARACTER
A mind full of HOPE
“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope.” ~ Romans 5:2-4
Let’s look at each ingredient:
1. A heart of faith. To be successful, you will need to believe in something greater than you. My something is actually someone, GOD! He created everything and I have a foolish faith in Him.
2. A willingness to suffer. As much as I don’t like this point, it is true when it comes to success. Success is never easy. It comes with hard work. These principles of success started before our modern day definitions were created to define success. Our Savior suffered to successfully die for our sins, which His death should undeniably make our lives more successful. From a business point of view, most success stories began from some form of suffering.
3. A resolve to persevere. Just as Christ, we have to make up in our minds that we will “go the extra-mile.”
4. A lifestyle of character. I’m not a big fan of hypocritical people. They say one thing and do another. My father and mother always taught me to, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” I rather have one person of integrity than a million hypocritical people. Character and integrity should be demonstrated daily and all throughout the day.
5. A mind full of hope. Lastly, you have to see yourself better than the current version of yourself. A big part of our success is hoping in God because he hopes in us. The word hope is defined as an expectation in the Bible. You have to expect success. You shouldn’t feel entitled. Please understand that God made you to be successful, not to be a failure.
Question: How can you incorporate this ingredients into your everyday life? Leave your comments below.
Peace and Prosperity,
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