FOCUS on Success – 1 November 2014
The first Sabbath of the month had come around again, November 1st, and this called for another Youth Focus Meeting night. This night was decided to be a fruit and finger food night, as being summer-like, and with the beautiful hot weather, fruits were sure to cool us all down. It was held at Joe and Lidia Voncina’s home, where Br Peter Lausevic held an open discussion on “Success” and what this word means to all of us. Could it mean reaching goals? Doing things to the best of your ability? Having motivation to achieve above your own goals?
If you could picture in your mind that your life was over…what would success mean to you now? Having no regrets? Making things right? The importance of relationships? Is it possible to look at eternity beginning here…and making it a continuation of living today? What about salvation and health? Being transformed, changed, or being a better person?
‘Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:’ Philippians 1:6.
What does this mean? ….Having confidence in God that he will accomplish this in us.
‘He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.’ 1 John 5:12, 13.
Is it possible to know that we can have eternal life? …YES!
‘Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?’ 2 Corinthians 13:5.
We need to examine and truly evaluate ourselves.
God needs all of us in His work; He needs us to be active in our plans and to fulfil our plans. We cannot have a successful life without good physical or spiritual health. Are we going to regret in 10 years’ time what we have done or what we could have done better? How important is it to live for Christ, not for vain glory. How do we achieve our goals? Spiritually and personally they are both interwoven.
In closing his talk, Peter mentioned 12 important points that we must remember as people and workers for God.
- Have focused goals.
- Take decisive and immediate action.
- Focus on being productive, not just being busy.
- Make logical, informed decisions.
- Avoid the trap of being perfect.
- Work outside of your comfort zone.
- Keep things simple – don’t complicate things.
- Make continuous improvements.
- Measure and track your progress.
- Always have a positive attitude, especially when you have made a mistake or a failure.
- Spend time with motivational people, who have spiritual success.
- Maintain balance in life.
If we apply all these 12 points in our lives, we will be able to make success achievable.
‘Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,’ 2 Timothy 1:9.
~ Reported by Kiara-Shaye Hake