The Secret of Success

Self-help expert Stephen Covey asked his readers: “What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life?”

Different people will have different answers.

As a Christian, my knee-jerk reply is, of course, daily prayer and meditation. But not until this morning did I find the scriptural basis for that.

Psalm 1:2-3 says: “…his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

Whoa! I’ve read this Psalm and pondered on it so many times before and yet I missed it. Yet there it was this morning. Leaping from the page was a multi-million dollar nugget of wisdom. A priceless lesson for all those who desire to prosper in everything he does.

The secret to real success whether in business, or career, or ministry or in family is to be rooted in God’s word and to be immersed in God’s presence. Sure, there will be good and bad times, as in anything. And yes, you will have to do your work, and give your best to it. But at the end of the day, there is one thing that spells the greatest difference in your endeavors: your deep and constant union with God.

“Sure Bob,” you might say. “I knew that all along.”

Yes, but do we do it? Isn’t it the case that sometimes, surfing the internet or reading the newspaper or rushing to meet a deadline or preparing for a talk comes first before we sit still, open our bible and pray? Think about it.

This lesson is truly a secret of success, not because God is hiding it from us, but because we often look at the wrong places.

God’s law has all the secrets to life —- even success!


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