Climbing to the Top
It was last year about this time that we took a trip with friends to the beach. We called our adventure the “Lighthouse Tour” because we would see four lighthouses during our visit. Our friends decided to charge to the top of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse and seemed to do it in record time!! We decided to stay on ground so we could take their picture!!
So many of us are climbing towards something. Maybe it is the corporate ladder. Maybe there is that inclination to try to keep up with the Joneses’. Sometimes we even compete with ourselves….trying to outdo our last achievement. That elusive search for success has caused authors to get rich on books that tell us “the secret” to their version of success.
I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best in his poem, Success.
What is success? To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.
The Bible tells us to follow the commandments of God. Along the way we can have troubles but we are to seek God and not get mired in our problems. And God also blesses us. But we must not get caught up in the trappings of success and money, but focus instead on the Giver of All Good Gifts, instead of the gifts themselves. Can we combine the Bible’s good wisdom and teachings while pondering what Emerson is trying to impart to us on our journey? What does success mean to you?