We lack a steadiness in our country and in our churches.
We need to find people before we can lead them.
“Success is a lousy teacher. It makes people think they cannot lose.”– Bill Gates
Come up with your own personal definition of success. The world will try to define success for you.
John’s definition: “The people who know me the most like and respect me the most.”
Success brings power. The stabilizer is accountability.
We need accountability because we are all fallible and all human.
Make sure the last accountability question is “Have you lied when answering any of the other accountability questions?”
Success brings money. The stabilizer is generosity.
When I am generous I know that I owe my money, and my money doesn’t own me.
“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”- 1 Timothy 6:17
God will only give to you what He knows will go through you.
Success brings ego. The stabilizer is awareness.
Narcissists lack awareness.
You cannot grow yourself if you don’t know yourself.
Be aware of the contributions others have made to my life.
Be aware of God’s graciousness in how He has gifted me.
Without God we cannot do anything with eternal consequences. What we do without Him is wood, hay, and stubble.
When someone tells you how great you are, they are confusing you with God’s gifts. Everything great about you is a gift of God for you.
If it can be made easy, it can be lost easy.
Success brings more success. The stabilizer is failure.
Success should never be separated. They belong together.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve ever learned in your life?
Failures and losses are consistently the moments we tend to learn the most.
When I am succeeding and all is going well, stay humble by remembering our failures.
When things aren’t going well, stay resilient by remembering our successes.
When you keep successes and failures together then you don’t get ridiculously high and you don’t get ridiculously low.
Success brings a pedestal. The stabilizer is serving.
If you have a heart to serve people, a pedestal won’t end up being a problem.
If you are good, you don’t need an introduction. If you are bad, a good introduction won’t help you.
People may put you on a pedestal during the day, but when you go home take yourself off the pedestal.
The servanthood surprise was the difference between what I thought and what I got.
Serving others is what I need. When we bring value to others, Jesus takes it personally. (“When you fed those in need, you fed me.”)
Success brings entitlement. The stabilizer is gratitude.
“I deserve” and “I serve” don’t go together.
Create a gratitude experience. Every year do something you don’t have to do anymore.
If we lose where we once were, we will lose where we are now. Never lose yesterday because yesterday is what helped me have today and helps me have a better tomorrow.
In God’s Kingdom, we are on the same team!
In God’s Kingdom, we lift each other up!
In God’s Kingdom, we want those coming after us to surpass us.
Success brings many things. The stabilizer is the One Thing… Jesus.
Evangelism. That’s our calling. Let’s take as many people to heaven with us as we can!