By Pastor Andrew Bawa
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." - Joshua 1:8 (KJV)
Our background affects the way we see things. It makes everything relative. The measure of success is relative.
To Joshua, success meant being a good leader to the children of Israel, settling disputes within and between tribes, conquering their enemies and helping the Israelites settle in a new land. To you, success might mean money, fame, children, getting your landed documents, good grades, graduation, winning souls for God, being debt free or getting married.
Success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose so how can you measure success when you don't know your purpose? Whenever a purpose of thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. If you know why you purpose of working on something, you would know if it's worth it or not. Success, not money, bring fulfillment.
The cross was the Jesus' goal. For Him, that was success. Operate on the level of your success or dream. A car doesn't move like a bicycle.
Have you discovered your purpose? Until you know where you are, you cannot know where you are going to. If you discover your purpose, you'll stop living somebody else's dream. Work hard for your own dream and be patient about it.
How will you know your purpose? Ask yourself What ticks you off or on, what are you passionate about, what do you love doing, what do you hate? If you do not like something, why don't you work hard to change it? Why can't you be the solution? That thing you do not like or agree with may be your purpose for you being there at that time.
Keep in mind that you can never be successful without looking into God's word. You can't be successful without reading the bible. Your purpose is hidden in the bible.