Everyone wants to be successful. The problem is, most people aren’t willing to devote the time and energy required to achieve what God considers true success.
A popular motivational speaker pictures success as a stairway we have to climb to get to the top. Each of the steps in that staircase represents a character quality we need to succeed. God gives a similar picture of success in 2 Peter 1 where He says to start with faith and then add virtue, then, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and finally charity, or love. The problem is most people don’t want to climb the steps. They want to take the elevator. They think they can take a short cut around God’s program.
But these qualities don’t come quickly or easily. They require lots of time. Yet, successful people will form the habit of doing the thing others don’t like to do. So don’t waste time staring up the steps when you could be stepping up the stairs and redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.