There are a lot of worthy things to excel in during your lifetime, but few of them really matter. There are achievements that earn you the accolade and respect of many people and fans, but make you terribly empty inside nonetheless.
There are also people who do not have many recognized achievements and yet are very happy and feel accomplished in their own humble ways. They live quietly content with loved ones all their lives.
To get genuinely successful, here are 5 things in life you should excel in:
1. Character. What are you going to do with all your trophies, awards, plaques of recognition and fat wallet and hefty bank account if you have a rotten heart? Jesus put it succinctly:
What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?
You can have good character only if you have God’s own character in Christ. If you receive Christ in your life (repent of all sins and surrender your life fully to Him), Jesus enters your life and lives it through you. Then you have His character.
2. Good human relations. Excel at treating your fellows with the same treatment you like to get from others. Many “successful” people occupying top positions and earning huge incomes fail miserably when it comes to how they treat other people, especially those who are poor, who are in the lower hierarchy and often have no use for them. Aside from being good inwardly, reach out to people by being interested in them and treating them right—even if they have no use for you.
3. Your Maturity. Excel at being the best God wants you to be. In other words, be perfect in God’s purposes for your life in Christ. And this is often in terms of broad-mindedness, patience, kindness, meekness, simplicity and self effacement. No matter how “successful” and moneyed you are, if you are immature and self-centered, you’ve really gained nothing.
Thus, aside from being good inside and having a healthy social life, see everything with the right life perspective. Maturity is deeply understanding that only God is good.
4. Righteous marriage. “Success” is trash if you have a failed marriage. And it’s not just a marriage where husband and wife merely continues to live together—they should be happy with each other and their kids as they are all together in Christ. There are couples who are just enjoying life’s pleasures together but are not in Christ.
5. Righteous family. An ideal family is not just one where everyone is happy, have finished school, and are gainfully employed or have a thriving livelihood. It is where dad and mom enjoy a healthy spiritual life together in Christ and their kids are raised up with good characters and loving God through His WORD.
In my vast experience, I have seen so much in life. I’ve seen a lot of life’s unseen corners that many people do not see. Believe me, if you don’t have the 5 things in life above, your success is meaningless.