Formula For Successful Living

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We’ve all been told at least once in our lives… “Don’t worry; everything will work out by itself”. This well meaning advice sounds good, but is far from being true. The formula to getting what we want is simple: God + you = objective.

The truth is that we won’t get very much in life if we don’t get involved in the getting of it. This applies even to the gift of salvation. God sent His Son as a sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins and opened the way into heaven. That was His part. Our part is to believe the message of salvation and accept Christ as our personal Savior and repent. Repentance means to turn away from what we are doing wrong, and not willfully return to a life of sin. Then we must give Christ control of every area of our lives by reading and obeying God’s Word.

Why envy what others have? We all make choices that take us down certain roads. People who make better choices get better results. Good health, wealth, personal success, and good relationships don’t just happen to people who possess these things.

No one is blessed with health if they continually abuse their bodies. We can’t drink too much, smoke too much, eat too much and exercise too little and expect to be in good health. Granted, some people are born with health problems or develop chronic illness/disease through no fault of their own. Even so, better health is attainable for anyone who is determined to put their trust in God then put on the gloves and fight.

Money is earned by working for it, not dreaming about it. Most of us will never win the lottery or find a million dollar check in the mailbox from our rich relative. The couch might be comfy, but switching channels doesn’t produce income to pay the bills. People who plan out their career path, consistently work toward their goals, and spend their money wisely are most likely to have successful careers and money in the bank

Our soul-mates don’t find their way to our doorsteps. We have to try our best to attract the people who we want to attract. We may even have to learn to be witty and charming! We may need to network and get out of our comfort zones, going to places where the godly people gather. Remember that Ms. and Mr. right will not be found in the wrong places. Also keep in mind that you can’t expect a ‘perfect’ partner if you aren’t willing to be one too. Good relationships require mutual effort.

God will not bless us with a loving, giving and compassionate person if we aren’t willing to be loving, giving and compassionate ourselves. Working out our own issues in an attempt to become better people is one of the hardest things we must do in this life. It is also one of the most rewarding.

There will always be someone who tells us that we should not be concerned about what we have to eat or wear, or about the money we lack to buy what we need. They remind us that God watches out for the birds in the field and that we are much more important to Him than birds. I agree that God provides everything the birds need to survive. But the bird works very hard at finding the right materials to build its shelter. Then he gets out of his comfortable nest, spreads his little wings and goes out looking for food. Hunger motivates action in the animal kingdom. The creature that doesn’t hunt…doesn’t eat. Paul confirms that this rule holds true for us as well. He tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 that“If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

Prayer should always be our first course of action. But, after we’ve prayed, we shouldn’t fold our hands and wait for the manna to fall into our plates. If there’s a situation that hasn’t changed in answer to our prayers, it just may be that we have neglected to do our part in getting whatever it is we need. Our sweat-equity is an essential ingredient in reaching God’s objectives.

If we don’t know how to do what needs to be done, the bible tells us that we should pray for wisdom. God wants to help us help ourselves. He gives us the knowledge and skills to fulfill our purpose as they are needed.

Do something positive to make your life better. Take things one step at a time and try not to get discouraged. Stay on track, keeping in mind that when you have God on your side all things are possible.

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