Success is a strange and misleading word.  In the hands of a scientist, success is finding an answer to that scientific problem, success is raising your school grade from that ever-stalking D+ to a B-!  Success is absolute.  Through the lens of an individual who always says “yes” and finds it difficult to say “no” and can finally say “no” with confidence…success!  Success is developing spiritual maturity.  The things you used to do and say, you do not say or do anymore. When one can begin to master this last attribute, your life begins to align with true success!

Many can be consumed with materialism that only defines temporary success and that is infused with the belief that the more you attain, the happier, more respected and successful you’ll be. However, in all you’re getting, you are becoming more self-centred, self-absorbed, stingy, idolistic and ultimately unfulfilled.

Understanding and embracing spiritual stewardship is that fine line to ensure your success.  Here’s the secret, the Bible offers this hidden gem found in the Gospel. According to Luke, 6:37-38, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)

Understand that Luke is advocating – ‘to mind your own business’. The reason we all get caught up in poor stewardship, whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual, is because we allow others to push their agenda on ours and we either eat ourselves in a tizzy or spend money on things we really don’t need or may even like! We will allow personalities to infiltrate our emotions when we should shield our emotions. We allow every wind of doctrine (belief system), infomercials, television programs, musical lyrics, etc., to camouflage personal perspectives, leading to non-supportive behaviours (i.e. overspending, promiscuous relationships, loss of identity, etc.,) as you search for ‘you’ in others when it’s the importance within that we are seeking, trying to discover and reflect.

Success is a strange and misleading word, so how do you define your success?

Take some time to understand and embrace the philosophy of spiritual stewardship…you will begin to ooze with success!

I leave you with this thought, realize that you are the composer with the pen; begin transcribing your destiny and be forever mindful to mind your own business for it is essential for your success!

Dr. G