The Dark Side of Success

Success is sweet isn’t it? Pero alam ba ninyona nakakalason din ito? Oh noes! How can something so good be so bad? It actually lies on how we deal with success.

Ang mga sumusunod ay mga rason kung paano nakakasama ang success sa atin:

1) Success sometimes keeps us from moving forward.

Sabi ko nga success is sweet. We want to linger on it, savor every moment. Sana forever, pero hindi. At dahil Masaya ang feeling kahit tapos na, binabalikan pa rin natin ang “moment.” Meron akong kilala (*ahem* hindi ako yun *ahem*) na natatakot umusad at mag-try uli dahil natatakot siya na baka mawala sa kanya ang “title.” And some just want to linger too long in their success that they don’t want to move forward. Kahit si Samson sa bible binalikan ang kanyang sweet success. (Judges 14:6-9)

6The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done . . . . 8Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass. In it was a swarm of bees and some honey, 9which he scooped out with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass.

Some people forget that there is more to life than their previous success.

2) We tend to talk too much about our success.

Sa panahon ngayon na madali nalang magshare ng information sa internet, nakakatempt ipost lahat ng ating mga achievements sa mga social networks. We want people to know, people to care about what we did. I’m not saying it’s wrong per se, but let’s check our hearts. What’s our motive behind sharing to people about our success? Is it to just to inform or inspire? Or is it to brag? Proverbs 25:27 says . . .

It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.

3) Lastly, we tend to forget where our success came from.

Yes, we are talented, smart, beautiful and handsome, athletic etc, etc. All of these, our talents, skills, abilities, good looks, and favor come from God. The life of Joseph the dreamer is a perfect example of what I’m saying. (Genesis 39:2-3)

2The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.3When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did . . .

Next time we look at success let us all remember that God intended success not just for us to be popular, rich, and whatnot, but also for us to mature and to know Him more as we acknowledge Him and glorify Him. Success is a gift for us to enjoy God and the life that He gave to you and me.

current mood: ngayon lang uli nagkaron ng panahon magblog.


6 thoughts on “The Dark Side of Success

  1. Life is God-made.
    Success is man-made.

    God gave us life and motive and it is up to us to make our life a success. Our effort, our perseverance, our desire to succeed is what makes life worth living otherwise life will be boring, uninspired or non-consequential.

    • Hi Mitch! thanks for dropping by. tagal ko nang walang balita sayo ah.

      interesting point you got there. As for me life is not just about success. If it were, then i’ll just end up tired and discontented striving to be successful. 😦 failures can also teach us a lot of things.

      Success is not just exclusive for those people who believe in God. Actually He also gives success to people who doesn’t even care about Him. 🙂

  2. Coming right up. I hope to get it working and not get lazy and while my life around and do foolish things and, and…

    Thanks for the encouragement..

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