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July 6, 1999

Defining Success (Part Two)

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May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands. PSALM 90:17
This may come as a shock to some, but rest is a key ingredient in success. Most people think that success requires hard work and a little luck. Yesterday we learned that it is grace, not luck, that is involved, but what about hard work? Yes, you will have to work, and work hard, in this life. Nothing is free, and everything around us tends toward atrophy. But you will not be successful in God’s economy unless you also rest—and work hard at it.
Life is hectic, and many people think that time spent resting is either an expensive luxury or a wasted opportunity. But rest is a necessary part of the cycle of work—six days on, one day off—that God established by example in Genesis. We must take time to renew and refresh ourselves, our relationship with Jesus, and our relationships with family and friends. The key is rest.
Success also is about legacy. Too often, we find ourselves working toward the next big thing in our lives. For some of us, it can be the weekend or the next paycheck; for others, it is the next promotion or closing a deal. But success is always just ahead, a little ways down the road, just out of reach, tomorrow, next week, next year. But we can spend our entire lives looking ahead at what is yet to be and miss an opportunity to build something today that is worth passing on.
God is more interested in today than tomorrow. He wants to establish the work you are doing now, not the work that is to come.
Do you want to be successful? It’s not easy, but if you want to be successful, you must learn to live in the moment, giving your passionate best today and letting tomorrow take care of itself.

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