Truth Or Tradition #360


By Gene H. Miller, Minister
Steer Creek Church of Christ
3466 Rosedale Road,
Stumptown WV 25267
Phone 304-462-0384
Steer Creek Church of Christ

Reach For The Sky #6

Dreams And Visions. Everybody has dreams of what they would like to do or like to be, but not everybody has the vision (foresight), the determination and the discipline to make those dreams a reality. What attitudes or personality traits must one have to be successful in life, to make those dreams come true? In addition to Self-Acceptance, Self-Confidence, and Self-Reliance, and Self-Discipline, one must have Self-Motivation.

Success From Within. Success comes from within. Friends and loved ones can support and encourage us in many ways, but to be successful in life, we must be self-motivated. Nobody is as interested in your dream as you are. The two and five talent men in the parable were both successful, not because someone was there to give them a “kick in the pants”, but because they were self-motivated. The one talent man lost because he wasn’t. (Matthew 25:14-30).

Three D’s Essential To Success. The first “D” is Desire. We will never be successful in any endeavor unless we have the desire to be. “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” Napoleon Hill. The rich young ruler had a desire for the eternal life Jesus offered, but his desire for his possessions was greater. (Matthew 19:16-22). Desire is the motivator that moves us to action. The old saying is: “Where there’s a will (desire), there’s a way.” Before Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore tree to see Jesus, he had a desire to see Him. (Luke 19:1-10).

The second “D” is Drive. Many desires are never realized, simply because there is no drive to bring them to reality. When asked why she wanted to fly the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart responded: “I want to do it because I want to do it.” When James W. Whittaker was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, he said: “Because it’s there.” In preacher training class, we heard: “If you can do anything besides preach, don’t be a preacher.” When Jeremiah was being persecuted for delivering God’s message, he said: “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones.” (Jeremiah 20:9).

The third “D” is Determination. In any worthwhile undertaking, there’s going to be obstacles and trials, and success will come only with perseverance and persistence. Helen Keller said: “We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” And Alex Hailey agrees: “The way to succeed is never quit. That’s it!” Few, if any, have attained more success in what this life is all about than the Apostle Paul. He shares his secret in his letter to the church in Philippi: “I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14). We see the three “D’s” Desire, Drive, and Determination in his secret.

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