here’s to success!

sketch alteredDid you make the big SPLASH you want?
How do you measure your IMPACT?
What is SUCCESS to you?

All valid questions but underlying each answer is, “Who are you doing it for?”

A great message at church where Pastor Ken was asking us, “Are you willing to do ANYTHING…ANYTIME…ANYWHERE for God?”

We’ll often do anything, anytime and anywhere for family or money or work or ministry or _________. But today I ponder and wonder what others might say.

We all have some limits – don’t we?
Is that always to our benefit?

“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.” Matthew 7:13-14 Message

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NIV


15 thoughts on “here’s to success!

  1. Eugene Peterson sure knew how to make familiar words stand out and hit me where needed and so do you, friend. Just feeling off balance today and needing the reminder how it is ALL about him. Thank you, xo

  2. This is a great word. This life is not really about getting our own glory. It is about reflecting God’s glory. When we jump off the diving board into the pool of Life with a heart to bring praise to God, He takes care of the size of the flash.

  3. Steven Sawyer says:

    Encouraging words, Judi. As always. Psalm 1, to me, give a pretty good formula for success. Thanks for posting. I would have liked to hear that message. Sounds like it was excellent.

  4. clayton paul says:

    It seems sometimes that everyone wants a “Savior,” but no one wants a “Master.” In the heavenly realms, it doesn’t work that way.

    God wants everyone to be “free,” but He won’t make anyone a “slave.” There is salvation for everyone who is willing to place Him at the center of their lives. But some aren’t willing to do that.

    The sad thing is that if we lived by following God’s will, we would be happier and more successful here on earth, and have an eternal prize for ourselves in heaven. It’s a “win-win” for all who would simply become Godly minded.

    Good post, and good advice!


      • clayton paul says:

        That’s very nice to say! I’d like to know you a bit better as well…

        And I agree with the time constraints. But I always come back to the same thing…if someone wants to be as nice as to award my work, I need to show my gratitude by accepting.

        The award requirements, however, do take some time, no doubt about it! I’ll be checking in on you to see how you’re doing…

        Enjoy your day, Judi.
        Clayton 🙂

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