True success is not based upon the possessions one accumulates, but rather strength of character one carries over a lifetime.
Real character has been tested and exposed by fire, not always known to earth, but surely in heaven.
Success as defined by heaven looks different: It never blames others or accepts the role of victim, but rather grasp the concept “that all things are possible with God.”
While we all admire beauty, intelligence, and talent, our deepest respect is always reserved for Godly character, as those who truly possess it carry the greatest treasure of life. Godly character forgoes the need to be right, allowing God to be his defender. He never judges, nor will he profane others.
Those who walk this way are called ‘overcomers,’ as their complete and total dependence is upon God: they hear His voice and offer themselves to obey it even unto death.
A man of true Godly character has died to himself, to his strengths, abilities, and gifts, yet lives to the power invested in Him by his Lord and Savior.
He has entered God’s rest, ceasing from his own labors, having entered a God appointed life; understanding His rest is not a cessation of activity but rather activity apart from the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
A person of Godly character has experienced the fire of life, experienced the pain of many deaths, yet lives with an uncommon zest and love of life and people. His eyes sparkle, projecting a love only God can exude.
His heart is fixed on Him and Him alone such that worry and fear have no place — He lives in complete peace, even when adversity comes. God alone is his protector, provider, and source for all things.
If you are fortunate to meet one of these, pay attention to their words as often they are filled with life-giving substance.
God has spent years preparing these special ones to be released as lights in this very dark world. They have been sprinkled throughout the populations of the earth, as salt is sprinkled on a fine meat.
Look, and you will find them.
~ Clay Sikes