Thursday, October 16, 2008

Six Keys to Personal Success

I read an interesting article about the Bible principles the can help you reach your goal from Awake magazine.This is a journal published for the enlightenment of the entire family.It shows how to cope with today's problems.It reports the news,tells about people in many lands,examines religion and science.

In their November 2008 issue, they presented the six keys to personal success.These are

1. Keep Money in its Place

“The love of money is root of all sorts of injurious things, and by reaching out for this love some have...stabbed themselves all over with many pains” (1 Timothy 6:10)

People who avidly chase after riches as the key to success are, in fact, pursuing a mirage.Money is not just a cruel master but a deceitful one as well.Love for money is self-defeating and ultimately leads to disappointment frustration, or even crime. (Proverbs 28:20).

2. Cultivate a Generous Disposition

"There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving." (Acts 20:35)While occasional giving can produce moments of happiness, a generous disposition can engender a state of happiness.

3.Forgive Freely

"Continue...forgiving one another freely if anyone has a cause for complaint against another.Even as God freely forgave you, so do you also." (Colossians 3:13)

In a study of more than 4,600 18- to 30-year-olds," says a report in the Gazette of Montreal,Canada,researchers "found that the more hostile,frustrated and mean-spirited the personality" was, the more unhealthy the person's lungs were.In fact, some of the harmful effects were even greater than those for a current smoker. Indeed, a forgiving attitude is not just a good social lubricant but also good medicine.

4.Comply With God's Standards

"The commandment of God is clean,making the eyes shine." (Psalm 19:8) To put it simply, God's standards are good for us- physically, mentally, and emotionally.

5.Show Unselfish Love

"Love builds up." (1 Corinthians 8:1)

The form of love mentioned here is not the sexual kind, which of course, has its place.Rather, it is richer, more lasting love governed by godly principles.

6.Be Conscious of Your Spiritual Need

"Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need." (Matthew 5:3)Unlike animals, human have the capacity to appreciate spiritual things.

Our Creator wants more for us than temporary success for a mere 70 to 80 years.He wants us to be successful forever!

True success is the achievement of the very best way of life, one that results from the application of God's standards and that harmonizes with his purpose for us.