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Is Our Success Meant For More Than Just Ourselves?

“If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.” Kevin Spacey

We live in a world that is driven by getting ahead and “winning” at life. I recently started a new day job and it’s amazing how competitive the world of work is in America. Trust me, after learning the hard way, I’m grateful for the people in this world who believe in me and are confident in what I can contribute.

Much of life isn’t easily orchestrated. As an actor, it was easy to be tossed to the side by “friends” when I had nothing left to offer. Who I once thought was a friend was now just another business connection.

At one point or another, we have all asked, “Why won’t anyone help me?”

Have you found success in your career or your dreams?

What are you doing to help others create a better future?

Maybe you’ve been the person who is constantly overlooked by your successful acquaintances. For much of my life I felt the same. What can you do about it? Keep making new friends and keep moving forward with God as your guide…That’s all I know at this stage of my life.

Maybe your dreams are becoming a reality and you’re finding great success. What good is it to make a great life for yourself if you’re not willing to make a lasting difference in the lives of others? This could be as simple as connecting a friend to another friend or offering great advice that can change their trajectory. We’re not talking about taking half of your salary and handing it over (unless you’re so inclined).

Are you successful? It’s not just for you. You are called to spread life to others, not to hoard it for yourself.

With every gift comes a responsibility. Nothing is “ours”; everything good comes from God for His glory and for the good of others.

I’ll leave you with wise words from the Scriptures:

“Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.” – 1 Timothy 6:17-19