On Top of the World
This morning I went grocery shopping. I rode my bike instead of using my car. Where I live is mostly rolling hills, sometimes it takes a lot of pedaling to reach at the top, while going down doesn’t take any effort at all. While pedaling up hill in the sweltering heat with the extra weight from the groceries I bought, I think how similar it is our life is to that. As I reach to the top the more it got harder, my knees started to lock and my legs is straining. I wanted to get off and walk, I was really tempted because I can’t take the pain anymore. But I persisted, this time I had the gears on my bike on third, just imagine how steep the hill is, now shifting to second. Though it was a slow process I got there at the top and I breathed a sigh of relief. I managed not to give up and resist the temptation of giving in to comfort by walking.
In life, in order to reach your goals and be successful, it requires a lot of motivation, sacrifice and effort. It involves a lot of work. The one that succeeds are the one that doesn’t quit but keep on persevering. Just like pedaling downhill doesn’t take any effort, the same thing goes when we settle for an easy way out. Yes, it’s comfortable but did we accomplish anything at all? Everyone knows the feeling of being on top. Just ask any hikers or mountain climbers. It’s exhilarating and all the sacrifices paid off.
What I really want to talk about is what do you do when you get there? You’re successful beyond your imagination. Money is no object anymore, you have so much in abundance that you don’t think twice when purchasing something. You’re on top of your world. You could see as far as the horizon. You’ve experience all the world could offer. Muscle and sport cars. A yacht, a sailboat. A ranch, a multi-million dollar property. Your own private jets – travel to any part of the world at a moments notice.
Deep inside there is something missing. You don’t feel satisfied and content. You’re living in abundance and yet you want more. The more you acquire the things of this world, the more you feel empty inside. You get bored and fall into depression. You’re mind starts to wander and ask yourself, “What does being successful really means?” “Is this what life really all about?” Then you remember the poor people in the Philippines, practically don’t have anything. No matter how much disaster they go through from typhoons. They still manage to smile, content and happy.
Sometimes, success could be the beginning of downfall if we don’t guard our heart (Jeremiah 17:9). Pride sets in and the Bible says pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). David and his son Solomon are the prime example for this (2 Samuel 11 and 1 Kings 11). At the height of their success, their power had deceived them. The big difference between the father and son is David has a humble heart. God always favor such individual and it doesn’t matter how much you’ve screwed up or failed so long as you have a repentant attitude (2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalms 25:9, 1 Peter 5:5, Psalm 18:27, Proverbs 11:12.)
If the things of this world don’t satisfy you anymore why not help the less fortunate. There’s no other feeling when you see someone smile. The tears that rolls down their cheek. The relief and hope on their face. The hug they give you and the eyes gleaming ecstatically, that someone cares. I guarantee you, you’ll have this profound joy inside of you that’s unexplainable and out of this world.
Put your treasures in heaven and follow Him (Matthew 19:21).
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