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358th -- The Measure Of Success


The tasks that God asks us to pursue should never be subject to whether we
see success or not. We must continue in the path that we know in our 
hearts is our path and leave the results of that endeavor in God's hands.
Many times we undertake a new task that God lays on our hearts and because
we do not see immediate success we think our efforts are all in vain. We
must remember the promise of the Lord found in Isaiah 55:8-11 and learn to
trust that God is able to bring results in ways that we never thought 
possible. If you have been feeling discouraged because of some less than
favorable results from a job that God led you to pursue, take comfort and 
know that your efforts are not in vain. (Romans 12:1-18) (Galatians 6:4-10)

I hope you are encouraged by today's message to continue in fulfilling the
goals that are within your heart no matter how discouraging the results 
may seem right now because in the end great good is promised to come.


A young man who had been reared on a farm decided to be a doctor in order
that he might be of greater service to mankind. He felt that he could do 
more good and help more of his fellow men if he practiced medicine, than 
if he stayed on the farm.

The years in medical school were strenuous ones. There were many sacrifices
on his part, and plenty of work and study. His father and mother entered 
into the sacrifice, too. They went without many things in order that the 
boy might stay in school. Finally he graduated and served an internship, 
then went into a large city and began his chosen work.

Things did not go too well. He didn't have many patients, and his income 
was not all he had expected. Evidence of his discouragement must have 
crept into his letters to his parents, for his father decided to go to the
city to see his son. His visit was a pleasant surprise.

"Well, son," he asked, "How are you getting along? How is your courage?"

"I'm not getting along at all, dad. I am not doing a thing. Maybe I made a

The father tried to say something which would encourage the young doctor.
He had helped him before; maybe he could do something now. So he did his best.

Later in the day the father went with his son to a free clinic, where the
young man spent several hours each day without any financial recompense. 
Twenty-five suffering patients were cared for as carefully as if the doctor
were to receive a large check from each one. He spoke words of cheer, and 
left each one feeling better.

When they were alone again, the old gentleman said, "I thought you told me
you were not doing anything. If I had given as much help to as many persons
in a month as you have in a few hours this morning, I would thank God that 
I was good for something."

"But there isn't any money in it, dad," the boy replied.

"Money!" the old man said, with a tone of scorn in his voice. "What is 
money in comparison with being a help and a blessing to your fellow men? 
Forget the money. Don't let it worry you. I will go back to the farm and 
work the rest of my life to help support you, for in that way I shall be a
blessing, too. I shall be happy by day and sleep soundly at night in the 
thought that I have helped you to help your fellow men."

By C. L. Paddock

Be encouraged and know that your efforts are not in vain. Success should
never be measured by financial status, but rather by how many lives have 
been positively changed. We as believers are an extension of God's hands
and feet and have been commanded to shine the light within us which is 
God's Light to a hurting and dying world. (Mark 8:34-38) (Matthew 5:16)

Have confidence in God's ability and run your race with a renewed 
determination and know that God is well pleased with the job that He has 
asked you to undertake and complete. He has promised to be with you so be
encouraged and let the Joy of the Lord be your strength. (Hebrews 6:10)

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Isaiah 55:8-11 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your 
ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the 
earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your 
thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and 
returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth 
and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So 
shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return 
unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall 
prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."

1 Timothy 6:6-10 "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we 
brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing 
out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they 
that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish 
and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the 
love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they
have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

Isaiah 26:3-4 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed
on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for
in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength."

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: ENRICHING THOUGHTS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem157.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: GOD HEALED ME FROM EPILEPSY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony91.htm

In Christ's Service, 

Dwayne Savaya 
Gods Work Ministry 


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