The Only True Success

It’s raining as I write this and the past few days have brought cooler temperatures. We’re approaching the second Sunday of August and becoming aware that fall is around the corner. How can be best prepare for the busier schedules and increased demands we will face? I hope it will help us to be clearer about what we’re striving for.

We all want to be successful in our many endeavors, but what is true success? What does it look and feel like? How do we know when we’re pursuing goals that are truly worthy of us versus those that will destroy our souls?

If we are striving to be successful in worldly terms, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment and despair. Our Christian faith provides a different set of standards. Knowing these standards and applying them to our lives can mean the difference between happiness and heartbreak.

This Sunday we will explore the alternative wisdom of the gospel and challenge ourselves to embrace it more fully. Our scripture reading from I John 2: 15-17 expresses this well: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. . . . The world and its desires pass away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”

With love and warmth,

Evan Howard,