A wise man once told me:A successful life does not consist of the ability to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. It does not consist of having what you want whenever you want it. A successful life is enjoying doing what you ought to do. When you learn to enjoy doing what you ought to do, you will have a successful life.
Terrorism is a surprisingly simple and frustratingly effective tool against an enemy. The terrorist aspires to become a pernicious puppet-master over an enemy. The effect of extreme emotions, the outrage of terror exposes and aggravates existing divisions and weaknesses in all levels of society. People and institutions divide, lashing out at one another, exhausting themselves fighting their own as the enemy. Any existing lack of resource or leadership is exposed, intensifying the divisive turmoil.
Due to the current tragic events in France we are observing these effects all over the western world, including our own society. Instead of uniting against a common foe, the divisions in our country have become deeper. As division increases, so does weakness. Rivers of emotion from the rain of terror become a flood, drowning the impact of any thoughtful, rational, responsive leadership that may exist.
Most of what is reported and expressed in the media (including social media), is due to the efforts of the terrorists. It is so easy to react, to surrender to emotion and the mob mentality. It is challenging to respond, reflect, and think.
How do we overcome the weakness of division, the lack of rational, competent leadership, and the chains of crushing debt? These are critical issues which cannot be handled by mob action and the mob mentality.
Regardless of what everyone else does, choose not to react. Instead, choose to respond, choose to think, choose not to be a weak puppet of terrorism.
So what is a successful life? If you know the answer to this, you can avoid a life of failure. The right answer will help prevent an abundance of wasted labor and effort.
Jesus was teaching:
Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
(Luke 12:15 NET)
Think about it; what you "ought to do" is not only moral, but functional. What should you do as a man, son, brother, husband father? What about a woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother? Learn to enjoy what you were designed to do, learn to enjoy employing all the potential skills, talents and abilities as they ought to be employed.
At the time, poverty was a constant companion; prayer was not producing any results. The birthright of abilities and talents lay unused and neglected due to a lack of confidence produced by ignorance. Education had to happen; once I applied myself to that goal, the doors opened to some unbelievable opportunities. No, it wasn't easy, as it took about a year to get over the disappointment and anger of learning the truth which contradicted my beliefs and expectations.
How unfair are medical bills? Yet, medical services are provided and payment must be made. There was a growing mountain of medical bills which seemed impossible to pay. Again, prayer and inaction produced nothing. It was only after deciding that the bills ought to be paid, and paid by me (not relatives or other people), that progress was made. It was rough and took years, but the bills were finally paid. The feelings of resentment and victimization were put asside and I learned to enjoy the victory, day by day.
A successful life is within reach; it requires some thinking, a daily decision and some action!
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