We all want our children to have the best life possible. However, it is what they learn and not what they possess that is the secret for success. There are so many products for sale that are geared to make your life happier, better, or easier. None of them in of themselves bring fulfillment and true joy. Therefore, the question is what do you want for your children? Is there a secret to living the best life? I believe there is, but you may smirk when I tell you what I believe to be the truth. However, I have never known those who have tried it to be disappointed. Are you ready?
The Secrets of Life:
- God is in control…not you.
- Your purpose in life is to glorify God…not yourself.
- Reaching goals is achieved 2 ways. Hard work and consistency.
- Joy is found in achievement, not possessions.
God is in control…not you:
You are not in control of life. Good and bad things happen. You will not have all the answers or solutions to fix everything, and you were never meant to. I understand that there are several readers who are not people of faith. I wish I had a statement to satisfy all, but I believe that anything else would be void of truth. Luke 12:22-26
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
Your purpose in life is to glorify God…not yourself:
Life is not about you. You are only a few generations from being forgotten by your own blood relatives. I know that sounds horrible. However, in most cases it is true. Do you know the full name of your great-great-grandparents without looking it up? How about when they were born, their occupation, where they lived, how they died, or a great story about their achievements? Most people cannot.
Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.-Isaiah 43:7
Reaching goals is achieved 2 ways. Hard work and consistency:
If you look at any longterm goals such as a degree, certification, getting into shape, or making the top team, it typically is not achieved outside of hard work and consistency. A lot of people want to be great or achieve a goal or status. However, very few people are willing to pay the price to do so. We want instant gratification. When we don’t get it, we become discouraged and give up. This is especially evident when it comes to physically getting in shape. I remember a trainer being asked how long it takes to get in shape. His response was, “how long did it take you to get out of shape?”
Joy is found in achievement, not possessions:
Those who have the most are not happier than those with less. The affluent suffer from more depression than those of modest means. Joy comes from acquiring a skill, learning, and achieving goals. None of these disappoint. Possessions are part of the instant gratification world. They are short-lived and only desire you wanting more. Guess what, when you get more, that will never be enough.
Your kids are going to be so much happier in life by achieving goals and serving others. This comes from hard work and a charitable heart. Both of these attributes are learned, mostly by example. So the question is dads, what are you doing to be that example? Include your kids in work, goals, and charity. Celebrate and encourage their participation.
Well, it appears that the secret of life is really no secret. However, people want to waste time, money, and worry. That is because the truth may not be what they want to hear. People want to be in control. If faith, hard work, and a passion for others instead of possessions are not what they desire, then they will stay on the hamster wheel of life. Encourage your kids to know the real reward. Support them in their learning and labor. Be the best dad possible.
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