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Success at the Highest Level

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Success involves positive support, an investment of time and resources, faith, sacrifice, and effective work habits. That might seem like a lot to swallow, but at some point we must count the cost and trust God that He will make the way for success.

Positive Support

Positive support is one of the most important aspects for success. Behind every great athlete is a great coach. If you want to be successful at something then fellowship and submit to those who are successful at what you want to achieve.

Gabby Douglas wanted to be a great gymnast so she moved from Virginia Beach to West Des Moines, Iowa to be trained by Liang Chow—former coach of the 2008 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson.1

Gabby Douglas got herself one of the best of coaches, maintained an active relationship with God and surrounded herself with people who supported and prayed for her.

At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Gabby won both the team and individual all-around competitions in women’s gymnastics.

Gabby was not only well supported in the realm of coaching, but put to practice her faith in a great God. She is well known for her reliance on the Lord and His word. She is also quick to give God the glory.

Dwelling on who we were and what we lacked growing up will not help us achieve what we want to achieve today.

Pray about hooking up with others who will support you in your areas of weakness and have a track record of success.

Faith and Sacrifice

At one point Gabby Douglas’s homesickness almost led her to forsake her training in Iowa to go back home to Virginia Beach. Her mother and brother encouraged her not to quit, but to continue to push forward so she could come back home as a champion.2

That’s faith, sacrifice, and support in action.

Sacrifice tends to come with a bad connotation, but the reality is that in order for the new to come forth, the old dead and ineffective works must lose their hold and drop off. We must learn to treasure the eternal blessings of God more than the fleeting pleasures of the moment.

The patriarch Moses was of such a mindset. Hebrews 11:24-26 records, “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.”

By faith we see and grab hold of our reward. Do you see your reward? Do you take time to dream of what belongs to you in Christ? Do you need strength then put your eyes on Jesus, God’s word and rejoice in God.

Many today want almost everything to fit around their lifestyle, instead of making changes to their lifestyle so that they can know the success God has planned for them.

Do not despise the small opportunities to move forward at the expense of the flesh nature. It’s all the little steps that make up the journey. So make each step count.

Good Work Habits

Like any success story, success is forged long before any moment in the spotlight. It is forged during those difficult moments in the gym or office when tiredness weighs the heaviest and compromise calls out the loudest. At those times, the temptation to despise the importance of each decision can cry the loudest.

Maintaining godly effective work habits is crucial no matter how hard our circumstances press against us.

This is where perseverance needs to be the strongest and our priorities need to remain firm. Do you find yourself missing goals because you tend to choose to do the easy and comfortable things first? If so, then take care to do your priority items early rather than later.

Any type of success requires an investment of our time and resources. It requires listening to sound counsel and applying that counsel while the opportunity exists.

As we apply consistent godly behavior, effective work habits, and advice, it’s like building a strong foundation and a solid structure that can grow and withstand the winds of adversity.

Too many today are begging for instant success and yet have not spent the time to build a solid foundation and structure to maintain it.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-25, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”

Where I believe many fail is in not counting the cost. We get what we put into something. If our efforts are sporadic and inadequate we can fall short. We need to understand what investment God is asking of us and be willing to pay the price.

When self analysis says, “it can’t be done” then it’s time for God to shine and show Himself strong and well able to do superabundantly above all we can ask or think (see Ephesians 3:20 AMP).

If you are doubting God’s ability, remember what God spoke to Moses after He promised to give His people meat for a whole month.

The Lord said to Moses, Has the Lord’s hand (His ability and power) become short (thwarted and inadequate)? You shall see now whether My word shall come to pass for you or not. (Numbers 11:23 AMP).

Remember it is God who empowers us and grants us what we need to be successful. So let’s call on Him.

Summary

We must not downplay the importance of support and teamwork. We need to realize that we work better together than apart.

It is crucial that we abide in the vine. Jesus stated in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

God wants us to lay down the dead and ineffective works of the flesh at the altar and invest in God’s strategies.

We must understand that maintaining godly habits and priorities is critical for success.

Too many today have experienced immediate success only to find it fade away because they never built a strong foundation and solid structure forged over the long haul.

So quite simply it’s time to pray, listen, and persevere in faith and in action. Then see what God will do.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)

- Bruce Koch

Bruce Koch is president of Gospel Tramway. He is an author, intercessor, teacher and preacher of God’s word. He resides in Georgetown, Texas with his wife Sherry and son Ethan.

Note:
1. Armour, Nancy
Gabby Douglas named AP female athlete of the year
PilotOnline.com, December 2012

http://hamptonroads.com/2012/12/gabby-douglas-named-ap-female-athlete-year

2. Banks, Adelle
Gabby Douglas Talks Christian Faith, Forgiveness and Matzo
Ball Soup, Religion News Service

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/gabby-douglas-faith-forgiveness-matzo-ball-soup_n_2274087.html

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Published 2013 by Gospel Tramway, Georgetown, TX
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