Success involves hard work and help from others
By Rick Warren
— October 17, 2010
"One person standing alone is easily attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three people are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT)
"We think it's important to make a speedy decision, but it's more important to make the right decision. "
Today we come to the last two steps in getting where you want to be. Step eight in the nine-step plan is to enlist a team for support. You are never going to reach your goals, you are never going to fulfill your dream if you try to do it by yourself.
Step #1 - Determine your present position
Step #2 - Be specific about what you want
Step #3 - Look for God's promise
Step #4 -- Ask God to help you
Step #5 -- Identify the barriers
Step #6 -- Create a step-by-step plan
Step # 7 -- Be patient and persistent
Step # 8 -- Enlist a team for support
I've been to Africa many times and heard this proverb over and over: "If you want to go fast, go by yourself. If you want to go far, go with others." We think it's important to make a speedy decision, but it's more important to make the right decision.
Success is never a one-man job; it takes teamwork. God wired it this way because the most important lesson he wants you to learn here on earth is to love people. Not only that, there are some things in your life that you will never be able to change without the support, prayers, and encouragement of other people. That's why it's so important to be in a small group.
Our verse today says it all. The stronger your team is, the more you can fulfill your dream.
The last step to going after your dream is this: you must pay the price. Success never comes without a price tag.
Step # 9 -- You must pay the price
The only thing free in this world is salvation from God through Jesus Christ, and that one's free because Jesus paid the price on the cross.
Eliezer had to pay a price to get Rebekah to come back with him and marry Isaac. Genesis 24:53 says, "Then he brought out gold and silver and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave expensive gifts to her brother and her mother." Great goals require great sacrifice.
If you are serious about getting a focused life you need to ask three questions.
- What will it cost?
- What am I willing to give?
- Is it worth it?
The greatest use of your life is to invest it in something that will outlast it. Jesus said, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:36 NIV). Don't begin working toward your goals until you've counted the cost.
I pray that God will help you get a clear vision of what he wants you to be and do. And I pray that you will use the nine steps we've covered this week to make the rest of your life the best years of your life.