The Measure of Success


Man has been striving for greatness since the dawn of time. . . quite literally. But for all of that effort, in our achievements we are still left wanting. Too much is never enough. Millions of people daily wake up only to glue their face to their spreadsheets and charts in hopes of discovering a trend they can exploit. “Today is the day!” they convince themselves, “Today I will spearhead a windfall that will make me rich beyond measure and others will envy my pecuniary prowess!” (Did I just say that. . .?)

But in the end how much stability do we really enjoy? How secure do we really feel? Especially with retirement on the horizon. All we need do is research history to find that what can be purchased today, with a single dollar, may not be purchased tomorrow for even a wheelbarrow full. Ah yes, there is no currency that is guaranteed to hold its position in the currency market.

There is no certainty in our formula of facts and figures, only speculation at what the market may or may not do. And then there is (factor X), what are the elite planning and how do I get out of, or in, the way of the shift of wealth and power? How indeed, but I suggest a more excellent way.

The economy of God is limitless, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will walk out your front door and find the jackpot lottery ticket. What it does mean is that you can stop worrying about tomorrow. God begins to restore us from the inside out. Monetary provision and blessings will come as our trustworthiness, maturity, and needs increase. Matthew 6:31–33 says, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Some of us may not think we need any form of restoration, but I submit that if our eyes are fixed on success rather that on the giver of success, then we have missed the mark. God loves to give and give graciously, but He enriches us so that we may have something to give to those who have non or little.

Giving out of our abundance can seem foreign and prove to be very difficult; after all, I worked hard for what I have. Right? Trust me when I say that you cannot out give God. The true measure of our success is manifest in our willingness to exhibit the character of our creator. Out of His limitless supply He lavishes the cosmos with life, movement and mystery. How, if we are tapped into this abundance, could we become fruitless through our giving?

I challenge each of us, myself included to seek out God’s Kingdom, exhibit His Character and give.

God bless,

Rev. Larriba


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