On this blog I write about Priority Management, Productivity, Leadership, Church Staffing, Family Leadership, and other very practical things. I have spent the last 20 years honing, training and coaching leaders in these areas. But under all of these things is something that is far more important. Psalm 1 talks about this:
“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but 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.” (Psalm 1: 1-3, ESV)
Though we may define success differently, most of us desire to be successful. I have goals to be successful vocational, financially, with personal health, with my family, in my marriage, and spiritually. But where does this success begin? Psalm 1 clearly tells us. In these verses we clearly see where true success begins:
1. Truly Successful People Know the God of the Universe.
There are many people who reject God, but are still very successful in society. But no amount of success in society, business, or even family will ultimately matter if you are not rightly related to the Creator. There is nothing more important in life than knowing God. Matthew 16:26 says “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” Though I have not written about this frequently, this truth is the foundation for everything that I do. Looking for true success? It starts here.
Are you right with God? Not sure? Here is a great resource that will walk you through how to be right with God.
2. Truly Successful People spend time with God Daily.
Every person that I know busy. But are we too busy to spend time with the Creator of the Universe? So many things seem to distract us from spending a few minutes with God every day. In this Psalm, we read about the importance of delighting in God’s truths daily. Are we so focused on productivity that we fail to spend even a few minutes daily being refreshed in what is ultimately true? As I read this Psalm, it is clear to me if I want to be truly successful I will spend time with God daily. What if the President of the United States asked you to meet with him? You would drop everything and go. The God of the Universe wants to spend time with you daily. How can anything possibly be more important than this?
What do you need to change in order to prioritize daily time with God?
I suggest a regular time where you open the Scripture, talk to God, and focus your day. Nothing else can replace this. This commitment will keep you grounded, remind of who God is and what He is doing, remind you of who you are, and shape the decisions that you make daily. This truth is for pastors, students, business leaders, stay at home moms, the unemployed, and every other person. Why not start today?
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