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2016-07-14

A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

"Success" is difficult to define. It means so many different things to different people. It might mean getting all A's on report cards, or living in the best' neighborhood, or a position of influence.
We al know people who are obsessed with the fear of failure. They place such a premium upon the idea of succeeding that they have difficulty with acceptance of limited success or failure. Yet isn't it true that ever day we succeed in some efforts and fail in others?
Vital life is a matter of growth. Growth in understanding, in learning, in human relationships, growth is so many ways, and so often this is related to our value judgments. Isn't it true that what is valuable to one person may not be valuable to another person, and vice versa?
There are some things, however, in life, that assume an importance universally. Recognition of our humanness and seeing it in relationship with a power beyond human comprehension, puts an entirely different perspective upon what is success and failure. That power, God, has made us as free creatures, choosing whether or not to honor (and worship) Him. We all have many, many failures during our lifetimes, but if we are in proper relationship with our Creator, we can count ourselves successful.
When the pace of living gets you down, why not think on these things?