Becoming Successful is a Long Term Process
A careful examination of your personal surroundings and the people with whom you spend the most time associating will disclose to you the rapid, and most times purposeless, pace of life most people are living. They seem to be in a big hurry to get no place in particular. The road to failure and nonperformance is broad and gradually sloped at a declining angle. You can move on it at the pace of your choosing, however, because of gravity, the downward slope of travel, and the mass of humanity that travels on this road to nowhere, most travelers keep getting caught up in the pace of all the others who share the same roadway. The “merry-go-round” of life and its hectic pace keeps all travelers “maxed out”, “stressed out” and physically exhausted most all of the time. Such a scenario never ends well and always makes a person very susceptible to the negative influences of other people. These influences are most usually very uncomplimentary, sometimes vicious, and completely opposite from the manner and way that God Almighty intended and desired men and women to live while they are here on the earth. The most amazing thing to me is how many people get suckered into believing that what they have been taught to do with their lives is, in reality, the guaranteed way to work hard all their lives and wind up dead or broke by their 65th birthday. If that is what success really is, then I personally do not want any part of it…do you?
America is the greatest and wealthiest nation on earth, but, sad to say, it is the only nation that does not teach its children its own system of economics. The Social Security System of the American government assigns every citizen a specific number at the date of their birth, it is known as their Social Security Number. This identification number travels with the individual recipient through their entire life here on earth. The government tracks and ultimately controls the citizens who possess or have been assigned such a “Number” everyday, all day, from birth to death. They tally and keep record of the truths about an individual. They claim that such recorded data is totally private and confidential. History proves that such is not always the case.
The “merry-go-round” that is being taught to the children of America by and through the public school system is indeed the very thing that it takes to completely fail by the time a person comes to the end of their life. The message poured into the pliant minds of American youth is really quite simple, so as to be easily digestible by all of them. It goes like this….Get as much Godless education as you can possibly get (or afford to get), then use that Godless education to get as good of a job as you can get (or afford to get), and then put your nose down to the grindstone and work hard all of your life. Work at that job hard, very hard. The price you will pay for this major effort will usually require more hours out of each week than what your were originally hired to work, which demands more time out of your “after-quitting-time” hours, which, as proven by history, destroys family, rest, and recreation time, which in turn becomes the greatest contributor to the demise of the wager earner’s family relationships. It is known as divorce…and it lays waste to over 50 percent of the men and women who are getting married today in our nation. Even more sadly, the ones who are always most harmed by the results of a divorce are the children of such a destroyed family unit. It is always the children from a divorced marital union who wind up getting the worst part of this deal. That is specifically why God Almighty so hates divorce.
The Word of God tells us specifically that we are to inspect the “fruit” that results from the “works” of any tree (See Matthew 12 : 33–37).
Throughout all of Holy Scripture the symbol that is always used to depict the life of something is a “tree”. The living tree tells the story of human life on this earth. We can all learn a great deal about success and how to achieve it from the other things that God has created and placed before our eyes here on earth. Success is something that is big,…very big,…as is proven by so few people know how to achieve it. Financial Freedom and Personal Freedom go together like hand-in-glove. Success, however, is not taught to students within our public school system. The process of failure is taught.
Permit me to share with you the success story surrounding the biggest physical thing that God created and the longest living thing that God allowed to grow, live (produce) and die here on our earth. This story is a classic divine example of how God wants us to live. He wants us to live large!
A story please………
In the very beginning of time, at the time of Creation, every living thing that was originally created and produced by God Almighty was given the ability to reproduce itself according to the “seed” that was within the created object. All living things contain within themselves a “seed” that will reproduce the very thing that carries this “seed” so as to allow it to become productive while simultaneously being able to protect and provide for itself for the whole time it is alive on the earth. This Divinely Designed process is all perfectly laid out in Scripture in the Holy Bible.
Genesis 1 : 11–12 NKJV
(11) “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself on the earth’; and it was so.
(12) And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself. And God saw that it was good.”
There is no better example of a successful life (a tree) here on the earth than the one presented, for all to examine, by the Giant Sequoia Tree growing on the Northern California western slopes.
Sequoia Gigantes, or Big Tree, grows only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California at the elevations varying from 5,000 to 8,500 feet above sea level. Individuals of this species are the largest living things on the face of the globe. Ranging from 250 to 330 feet high, their diameters at the base vary approximately from 20 to 35 feet.
The Sequoia Gigantes seems to go on living indefinitely and may stand for as long as one hundred generations! (2,500 to 4,000 years). The cells of its cambrium layer and of the growing tips appear never to lose the ability to grow and reproduce. The tannin content of this tree’s bark and wood discourages insects and fungi and retards fire. Even when fallen, the heart-wood may stay sound for hundreds of years.
Giant Sequoias seldom produce cones until they are at least one hundred years of age. Each cone, from one to three inches long, contains 100 to 300 seeds, but these are so small that it takes 3,000 to weigh one ounce.
All the biggest things in God’s Creation all started out small and insignificant. Without the assistance of the industrious pine squirrel very few sequoia cones would ever be dropped by these Giant Sequoia Trees. Scampering through the treetops, the squirrels chew off cones which sometimes fall as fast as seven or eight per minute. Later, the squirrels hide the fallen cones in holes and logs and other likely niches–these seeds will be the squirrel’s provision for the winter ahead. Cones stored in damp places usually remain closed, but those that can dry soon open and shed their seeds.
The age of living sequoias is difficult to determine, but the annual ring count of cut trees has indicated that many are from 3,000 to 4,000 years old. Some of these trees in California were already majestic giants when the star of Bethlehem rose in the heavens. Here they remained while the chain of Christianity moved westward with “signs following”–the liberty of the individual, and of nations. Just yesterday, in a sequoia’s life, came the flowering of these Bethlehem principles in government–“We hold these Truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness–That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men…”
Success is a long and hard won process of continual growth and effort. It doesn’t happen to a person by accident. It is properly and thoroughly prepared for and then accomplished through ongoing consistent and unrelenting efforts doing those things that are required to be done to create your desired success.
If you plan to succeed in your lifetime, get ready for the long haul. It is not an overnight accomplishment…it will only take you the rest of your life to achieve it!
Peace And Love to All of You……………..Poppa Bear