Secret of Success

mistakes-are-the-stepping-stones-to-learningHere is a story I came across some time ago that provides great insight into the secret of success:

A young bank clerk was being promoted to vice president—a position for which he felt ill-equipped. Approaching the wise and aged bank president, he asked, “Sir, what is the secret of success in my new position?”

“Right decisions,” the president promptly replied.

“And what, sir, is the secret of making right decisions?”

Again, the president was quick to respond: “Experience.”

“And what, sir, is the secret of gaining experience?”

The president smiled and said, “Wrong decisions.”

To be sure, “To err is human,” as Alexander Pope said, but a mistake is only a mistake if we persist in it. All of us make wrong decisions along the path of life. Wisdom comes from learning from those wrong decisions and gaining the experience that comes from them so that we begin making better decisions. And the most important key to making right decisions is rooted, to an extent you might not have suspected, to the amount of time you spend in the Word of God.

When Jesus attacked by the devil during His wilderness experience, He responded each time with these words: “It is written…!” Much of God’s will for the Christian is clearly outlined in the Word of God. The better we know the Word of God, the better decisions we will make in every area of life. Now, God will not tell you whether you should be a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker. He won’t tell you whom to marry or what kind of car to drive. But by spending consistent time in God’s Word, you will learn what is pleasing and acceptable in His sight and be strengthened to carry that out more often than not.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

If the secret of success is right decisions, then the only source that will give us everything we need to make those right decisions is the Holy Bible. We need not fear wrong decisions along the way, unless we are like the fool who despises wisdom and instruction and refuse to learn from our mistakes. We simply need to learn from every decision we make, focus on the Lord, and follow Him wherever He is leading.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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