There are several different areas of your life where you can have success or failure. There is a vast gradient to the levels of reward between two extremes. There are many lessons that you can learn, and apply to each of these areas, in order to become more successful and come closer to your potential in life.

Or, you can be lazy.

Not every failure is the result of laziness, but a key to failure is laziness. A common misconception is that laziness is the easy option. That is far from the truth, since failure is exceptionally hard to endure. There are those who have tried both, or have studied the comparison using some other method, and they will tell you that success is easier than laziness. Do I even need to mention that success is much nicer than failure? Maybe I would need to clarify. If you reached a high level of prosperity, and as a result you were miserable, that is not my definition of success.

Another clarification is in order. There is an important distinction between an event that is a failure and a person who is a failure. When someone makes an attempt, and fails, that is an excellent opportunity for learning. Some lessons can be learned in no other way. A successful person’s life will have many failures. Or, as some said more humorously, “good judgement comes from experience, and experience often comes from bad judgement.” Some begin to welcome failures, while still giving due diligence to keep the cost affordable.

The knowledge we attain, that helps us move toward success, is called wisdom.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

It seems that God wants to bless His children with success.

John 10:10 … I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

I can hear the pages of your Bibles quickly turning to:

Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the Earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

You might argue that Job was a godly man and he suffered great loss, and God said it was not Job’s fault (without cause).

Yes, I agree completely. This goes to show that we cannot judge based on one’s wealth or health. It does not mean that God does not want to bless us. The most extreme example would be Christ dying on the cross. At that moment, from an earthly perspective, He was neither healthy, nor wealthy. Yet, it is beyond the capabilities of human language to express the lofty height of His success, at that same moment.

Another key to failure is selfishness. The surest track to success is serving others, for the sake of their benefit. Not only does selfishness inhibit success, but even if you accomplished some sort of prosperity in the process, your achievement would only accentuate your emptiness.

I am sure you can list several other methods to ensure your life is a failure, but here is the biggest one.

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

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