Posted tagged ‘God’

Counter Culture

July 30, 2009

I was reading Oswald Chambers yesterday and he wrote something that really hit the “truth” button in my soul:

“It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.”

In our culture of instant gratification and results, we spend all of our time praising the “smart” people, the “winners,” those who are on the podium and have all of the appearances of success.  Many are worthy of praise, but at the end of the day, by what definition are they successful?

Are they successful because of what they achieved?

Or

Are they successful because of how they achieved it?

This concept is completely counter-culture.  In our “the ends justify the means” society, people continually make “deals” with themselves, others, and the devil, that are clearly morally wrong because it will allow them to get what they want or what others want, faster.

Our culture has also trapped itself.  It is no longer acceptable or politically correct to allow God to be part of the discussion in public debate.  After all, how can you ask people to make “moral” decisions based on “moral law” unless there is a “moral law giver”?  So down the road we go.  The news is filled with scandal about back room political deals and financial corruption because the “the end justifies the means.”

Yet there is great hope in this simple concept.  Are you here to please God, or to please man?  It matters not where you start in life, either as a citizen of a third world country with little opportunity or as someone who is extremely blessed to be born in a country like America.  As far as God is concerned, it is not what you achieve, but how you achieve, that matters.

Next time you have to make a tough choice, or even a simple one like “how hard am I going to work today,”  just remember:

“It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.”

The Economy – Yours, The Country’s, or God’s

February 4, 2009

I received an email today from a lady asking us Ziglar’s thoughts on the economy and when we thought it might improve. I thought you might like to see the answer.

Dear Deborah,

 Dad and I talk every day and I ask him about the economy from time to time. His answer is almost always the same (and I bet you know what I am going to say) in that the economy that really matters is the one between your ears! It is true that the country is going through an extremely difficult time and that times are tough and many are suffering. In an economy like this, the important thing is to remember that the right attitude, character, and work ethic are more important than ever, and the long-term rewards of these will be greater than ever, even though in the short term you may not see the financial results like you have in the past.

 There is a greater opportunity right now than ever before to make a difference in people’s lives. You may be blessed to be doing financially well and you are able to reach down and give others a hand up. Or you may be struggling financially and through your encouragement and example can give people in the same situation a boost up. In either case, this is what God’s economy is all about. Personally, we believe that it is going to remain tough for a while longer, but we are hopeful just long enough to get everyone focused on the things that matter and away from the things that don’t matter. The good news for you is that if you are in the top percentage of salespeople and you continue to do what you have been doing, you will continue to be successful (the top percentage of salespeople are there because they know how to innovate and meet people’s needs, no matter what company they work for). I hope this answer helps. I wish we could tell you exactly when it is going to get better.

So here is a tip to success in this economy. Make sure your economy lines up with God’s economy. If it does, the country’s economy doesn’t matter!

Something to Think About

October 21, 2008

 

I heard this in Church yesterday.

 

“We have value because God loves us.  Not, God loves us because we have value.” 

 

This thought humbles me and at the same time overflows my gratitude bucket.