Posts Tagged ‘Earl Nightingale’

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”

Francis Chan (Crazy Love:Overwhelmed by a relentless God)

It’s never been said at the end of one’s life they wished they had spent more time at the office. Having a bigger house, fancier car, or owning more designer clothing all of sudden becomes meaningless. More commonly, I believe people would say they wished they had taken more risk in their life. We don’t want to be like the guy in the Superchick  song that had cancer and said “why did I wait to live until it was time to die?” None of us know when our lives are going to end, but in our “supersize everything” society many seem to spend life chasing after things that don’t really matter.  They base their priorities on a misguided understanding of what it means to live a successful life.

In his book, The Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale defined success as the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.  He didn’t say that for one to be successful they must obtain the highest possible degree from an elitist school.  Nor did he say that one must climb the corporate ladder and achieve boardroom status and own lots of stock.  He defined success as a something that’s a progression rather than a static achievement.

If success is a progressive realization of a worthy ideal, then how do we define a worthy ideal?  An ideal can be defined as a standard of perfection or excellence.  So how do we define perfection or excellence and where do we get those standards from?  I think the greatest manual for standards of perfection to ever exist is the Bible.  The keys to living a successful life have been freely given to us and are mapped out in the Word of God.  Jesus was perfection. He lived a sinless life.  The standard of excellence was set before us for all to live. “Above all these put on love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony. ” Colossians 3:14    

Living a successful life can be broken down as stated in Colossians 3:12 . We must clothe ourselves therefore as God’s only chosen ones.  His own picked representatives.  We are purified, holy and well beloved by God Himself by putting on behavior marked by tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feelings,  a lowly opinion of ourselves, gentleness, patience which is tireless and long suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes our way, with good temper. We as Christians should all set that standard as Christ lives in us. We should be a light to all we encounter for all to see.

If we are going to succeed at anything, then let it be love!!!