One of the greatest of challenges some of us face in life today is success. Just because we have attained some of our goals, we forget about everything else, the discipline and the sacrifices we made to get to where we are. We let down our guard, forget about the grace of God that brought us thus far, and become so complacent, thinking we will never fall.
We become like the rich man in the parable of “the Rich Fool” Jesus shared in the scriptures, who after his farm yielded an abundant harvest, said he will tear down his barns and build bigger ones to accommodate his new found riches, and then spend the rest of his life enjoying his wealth…But like we are told, he didn’t live to see what happened to all he had acquired.
A wise man once sated, “the greatest enemy of tomorrow’s success is today’s success. There are so many of us who think we have arrived, after achieving some new status, or just because we have acquired a new degree, or gotten a new promotion, we think we know it all. We can no longer be taught again, we now know more than others around us, even doubt the efficacy and power in the word of God. We forget that “a winner knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others, a loser wants to be considered an expert by others before he has learned enough to know how little he knows.”
Truly great and successful people don’t rest on their laurels, they are aware that wins, just like losses are temporary, and they have to keep growing if they must keep succeeding. We need to understand that if the grace of God has made us successful or accomplished, we still need that grace to sustain us where we are. If God has blessed you, thank God, but don’t let the blessings get into your head. Don’t settle into a comfort zone, don’t think it’s time to relax and enjoy your life, become a blessing to others around you.