How does God really see a successful life?

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 3, 2008

By Harold Keller

Most people have a strong desire in life to be successful.  The problem is, like me, we often consider success by the world’s standards.  Success is defined as a favorable or satisfactory outcome; the gaining of wealth, fame, rank, etc.  

It was only a few years ago that I read what success was in the eyes of God.  Success was described as being in the perfect will of God.  The only result that really matters is how you leave the world.

While serving in the Navy in 1955, I clipped out a prayer by an unknown author titled The Game of Life.  I used it many times over the last few years as I spoke to groups in hopes that people would realize, as I do, what success really is in our journey toward eternity.  

The prayer reads as follows:


Dear God:  Help me to be a good sport in this game of life.  I don’t ask for a special place in the lineup.  Play me where you need me.  I only ask that I can     give you 100 percent of everything I have.  If all the hard drives come my way, I     thank you for the compliment.  Help me to remember that you never send a player more than he can handle.

And, help me, Lord, to accept the bad breaks as part of the game.  May I always     play on the square, no matter what the others do.  Help make me thankful for me.

Finally, God, if fate seems to be unfair to me and I’m benched for sickness or old     age, help me not to whimper or squeal that the game was a frame-up or that I got a raw deal.  And when I hear that final bell, I ask for no lying complimentary stories.  All I want to hear is, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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