Whether we choose to accept it or not, our gifts and talents come from our Divine Heavenly Father. Yes--schooling is good. Education is needed, but not for our selfish gain. Some people, after discovering their extensive talents and knowledge, allow these facts to become "top heavy." They look like Humpty Dumpty, and one day they shall fall. I am reminded "all the kings' horsemen and all the kings' men could not put Humpty back together again." I know we have seen the cartoon somewhere in our lives and smiled or chuckled. I would like to use this example from a spiritual perspective. Sometimes we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. We do not walk in humility working out our knowledge to the usefulness of others. We look to set goals with great selfish success, and we never think about these three words: trampling, hurting, and abandoning. What in the world--you say. When you are looking for personal profiting with something God has given you:
1. You trample over people to get where you want to get to because of your "tunnel vision."
2. You hurt not just yourself---but others as well on your way to the "top."
3. You abandon friends, co-workers, family, and most of all--God because you too busy doing for you. Your motto because "I, Myself and me--no more!"
As your "journey towards success" takes you way from the reality of your destiny in God and His kingdom, you deceive yourself by confessing you sudden revelation that "it is lonely at the top." I guess so! Nobody is up there--but you! Then all you need is one false step, and down you fall! Flat your face trying to claim to some unknown part of the world. In your attempt to make a name for yourself, you have lost all that was ever important to you!
Stop in your tracks right now. You and I both need to consider these ways, and then pray this simple, yet humbling prayer:
"Lord, if you find anything that is not right me, purge it out and strengthen me! I want to do right! I want to be saved today!" [My personal addition--save me from myself, Lord please!]