“Success. We read books about it, watch infomercials, work really hard to get it, and keep it, and maybe show it off a little. But what is it exactly? The world tells us it’s getting a good job. Making a lot of money. Driving a new car. It’s getting somewhere fast. Knowing someone important. Making something happen. It’s being stylish. Being popular. Being in charge. Or is it something else altogether? Something you can’t quite put your finger on. Something almost impossible to describe. Something different for everyone, depending on who you are, where you are, and when. Poet Matthew Arnold said, ‘Life is not a having and a giving, but a being and becoming.’ This is no secret, but it’s something we’re likely to forget from time to time, especially when the going gets rough, tough, or tiresome. One thing they say is true: Success is a journey. You are on your way.”
~The Secrets of Success~
I like the above quote. For the most part it is very well written... Here in America we all seem to be out for our own personal gain... but if there was something I would add to the above quote it would be that if we want true success then it cannot be found in material things. We have to look to God to point us in the direction that He wants us to take. We have to surrender ourselves to His will, because only through His will, will we ever feel successful and full. Service to God in every way, no matter how great or small, is always fulfilling in the end. Thinking about this makes me remember how when in second grade my mom would teach me religion from the Baltimore Catechism. One of the questions that were really ingrained into my mind was this one. "Why did God make us?" The answer... simple enough to remember. To know, and love, and serve God in this world so that we can be happy with Him in heaven.