Daily Devotional: Thursday, January 12 - True Success

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

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Webster’s dictionary defines “success” as a “favorable or desired outcome.” It’s so easy to have an external viewpoint of success. This is the world’s view. We base success on the amount of money we make, the kind of house or car we have, our career, and our personal “wins.” It’s so easy to fall into this trap of defining success with what we see.

The great UCLA basketball coach John Wooden wrote several books and is responsible for “The Pyramid of Success.” He is by far one of the most successful college basketball coaches ever, winning 664 games and 10 national championships, including seven in a row. His teams won an amazing 88 consecutive games. He defines success as, “Peace of mind that is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” His pyramid spells out 15 key building blocks and concepts that build upon each other to ultimately reach the apex: success.

It’s important for us as Christians to think about success from an internal viewpoint. True success is knowing God, knowing His Word and knowing His will for your life. Joshua reminds us in our Bible verse for today to make sure the Book of the Law is important to us. Make His Word and His will our top priority. Joshua stresses the importance of being obedient to God and His Word. By doing that, he promises success. Again, it may not be able to be measured with the eye because true success is evaluated internally. God reminds us that while some may get to experience the “riches” that this world has to offer, others will have their rewards in Heaven for eternity where moth and rust do not destroy (Matthew 6:19).

We are instructed by God to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to also love others the same way (Mark 12:30-31). If we make it our mission to love God, love others, serve God and serve others, I can guarantee true success.

Prayer: “Dear God, please make it my heart’s desire to achieve true success. I want to live for You and know You more and more each day. Please show me Your exact will and plan for my life so that I may obey You and experience true success. May I love You and serve You while loving others and serving others.”

— Jim Good

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