FEW WONDERFUL TIPS TO A SUCCESSFUL LIFE
(This article is meant for young people aspiring for higher achievement)
A blind man climbed the Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak . Believe it ? “Impossible ! insurmountable ! unbelievable ! “ Perhaps you would say. Wouldn’t you ? But he did climb it and climbed it successfully. Taking the only staff in hand, being his only SAHARA, he scrambled up the icy rocks of the Himalayan mountains like a spider. The Himalayan glacier above the altitude of 8000 meters is diabolically cruel and inexplicably dangerous to any climber to tumble down the hill when hit by an avalanche of snow and be napped forever under the crevasse. The winds generally blow at the speed of 160 km/ph. Which can transform to a killer storm. His partners shouted at him with a helpful alert as he started climbing,
“Death fall half a meter to your right”
“Big crevasse to your left.”
But his spirit of adventure was so great that DEATH could not become a stumbling block on his way to the highest peak. He did stick to his determination to win the summit at all cost. And certainly he did win it. Do you know who is this wonderful blind man ? Well, he is Weihenmayer Erik, 33 of age who became totally blind at the age of 13.
Temba Tshri from Nepal is another name of a success story. At his early teens only at the age of 15, he conquered the Mount Everest and became the world’s first youngest person to reach the summit. There is yet another fascinating story of a whiz kid who hails from Bihar (India). Known as Tathagat Avatar Tulsi, he became the youngest scholar of physical sciences in the world’s “Guinnes Book” record for becoming the youngest man in the world to finish his high school at the age of 9 years and 6 months, his B.Sc. degree in physics at 11 years and 2 months and his M.Sc. in physics only at the age of 11 and 10 months. He has also a wonderful dream of becoming the youngest Novel Laureate in physics. O, what a gifted personality ! What is that propelled these young men to climb the Zenith of success and become a newsmaker ?Every one of us wants to be successful in life. Don’t we ? There are teeming millions of young stars who really crave for higher achievements. Our life is indeed full of aspiration , pep and ambition . And I do not find any reason why we shouldn’t aspire for the things of life. But do we all success ? In a competition of race course, only few win and many fall back . What then are the ingredients of success after all ? No doubt, they are obviously your self confidence, self determination ,hard work and also an abundant faith in God. In addition to it we also need a conducive environment and supportive guidelines from parents, siblings, teachers and friends. Success will always be dream if only depend upon the vicissitude of fortune.
BUT WHAT IS SUCCESS ?
Someone may define success as “the joy of reaching the peak of any desired goal”. Others may call it as a “Fulfillment of Life’s ambition”. But many would like to interpret success in terms of a good career, money, position and power. Some may even see it in terms of knowledge or degrees gained through academic courses. In the present day world scenario, we are much concerned about the so called intellectual knowledge rather than the wisdom of God. Parents take much pain in educating their children to the standard of this world and take lesser and lesser pain or no pain at all in teaching them the fear of the Lord. The knowledge which is gained and preserved by knowing , enlightenment and learning through experience is known as intellectual knowledge. The intellectual knowledge is the result of our human intelligence or the brain culture. It mainly involves the following-
1. The knowledge of the world, the universe.
2. The knowledge of natural sciences, the scientific world, the scientific truths and principles.
3. Knowledge of literature, history etc.
4. Knowledge of doing things or ability to do.
5. Intelligence, aptitude, reasoning power etc.
The knowledge gained through experience or brain culture is possible without knowing God also or without having any personal relationship with God. There are many scientists who do not believe in God, yet they are renowned scientists. In today’s world we see that human beings are pursuing after this intellectual knowledge or the intellectual learning. The word “knowledge” in Daniel 12:4 is probably talking about this intellectual pursuit of man. Man is on the to catch up the thing called knowledge which the Lord has granted the man to awesome extend in this last days .But we need to acknowledge the fact that God is the author of all knowledge. Most of us are little aware of the fact that “All these come from the Lord Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.” Is 28:29.
But what I want to emphasize is that more than this knowledge , we also need the knowledge and wisdom of God and the enlightenment of His Spirit. Success should not be seen only from the worldly point of view. Success is not only a worldly gain , it should also be a spiritual break through.
THE BIBLCAL POINT OFVIEW OFSUCCESS-
Success is prosperity:
Prosperity is a holistic term. A man is composed of a body, a soul and a spirit (IThess. 5:23). When a man grows , he should grow in all these areas. The body is the physical appearance or identity of a person while soul refers to the inner person of the man . It has a will, a mind (the intellect) and an emotion. The spirit on the other hand , is the very image of God. It is because of the spirit that man becomes a living personal being And it is also because of the spirit that man is capable of having a personal relationship with his creator. God wants that we should prosper in life.
“His children should prosper and be in health even as their soul prosper.” IIIJn2
Many seem to be successful or prosperous in their endeavor but they have disappointments and problems in many areas. They do not experience the joy and happiness of life . So, it is important that we try to understand the meaning and value of a successful life In the Bible , prosperity is compared to an ever green tree planted by the river of water.
1. a tree planted by the river of water. Ps 1:3
2. a tree which is ever green. Ps 1:3; Jer 17:8
3. a tree which is full of branches.
4. a tree which is full of sap. Ps 104:16
5. a tree which is fruitful. Math 7:17
6. a tree upon which the birds make their shelter. Ps 104:16,17
7. a tree under which every traveler takes rest.
8. a tree of life. Pr. 3:18; Gen. 49:22
9. a tree of righteousness. Ps.61:3; 60:4
The tree by the river of water is a wonderful analogy of a successful life. Prosperity is thus a blessing from God. Unless God blesses, o one can prosper. It is indeed a divine provision of God for all His children.
WHY SHOULD WE PROSPER IN LIFE ?
1.We should prosper in life because it is God’s will for us “ to have all sufficiency in all things to abound to every good work” IICor. 9:8
God does not want us to be poor.
God does not wants us to be ignorant.
God does not want us to be an out cast or down trodden.
But God wants us to be successful and prosperous in all aspects of life in all our endeavors (Ps.1:3).What we need to do is to depend on His wonderful resources.
“ With Him are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.” Pr.13:21
2.We should prosper in life to Glorify God.
“Glorify God in your body and in your Spirit which are God’s.” ICor. 6:20
It means that we should glorify God in everything we have achieved. This is the of attitude we should develop in our life. We want to attain heights of success without having any perspective or right purpose in life. We want to become selfish and self centered. This is not God’s will . His will is that we glorify His name in all things. And this should be or ultimate aim in life.
3. We should prosper in life to be a channel of God’s blessing .Deut. 28:2
This is God’s will that we always be a channel of blessing to others. Others should be benefited and blessed by us . A successful life is an abundant life, a life which is available and useful to God and the needy in this world . Our lives should never be self conceited. Jesus said,
“You are the light of the world”-
Our purpose is to shine in the darkness. Let others see Jesus in you and me.
HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE ?
A SUCCESSFUL LIFE IS A CONTENTED LIFE. Your achievement may not be as high as the Mount Everest. Yet if you have satisfaction and contentment of life, it will be called a success. But the real contentment of life is possible only through having a right relationship with God. Christ is the real source of peace, happiness satisfaction and complete fulfillment of life. He is able to satisfy your life and fulfill all your ambition. The Bible is the real Hand Book to every child of God which alone can give you the right instructions the way you should go. The Bible is full of living instructions and guidelines that can give you more enlightenments, knowledge and wisdom. Every precept in the Bible is a living instruction to live a life of success and a life which is eternal. Read them and search in them the gold and ornaments diligently.