Week 3: The Secret to Success

When the solution is simple, God is answering. Albert Einstein

The secrets to success are kept "secret" to most people for the simple fact that they are just too simple. When I was taking a college class a few years ago, I had a young man who was struggling in the class ask me to help him study for the final. I didn't have time, but told him if he would just copy his notes a few times and study them that he would do fine. "I know that", he said rather disgustedly, and then went away - apparently to find someone who had a simpler way of getting an A.

In investing, the secret is also quite simple: Buy low and sell high. The trick to this concept is careful research of your potential investments, a plan on how and when to take profits (or cut your losses) and the patience to carry out that plan. The problem is that when most people hear that the secret to investing is to buy low and sell high, their response is nearly always something along the lines of a disgusted, "I know that", prior to going away to find someone with a grander "secret".

In the past three weeks we have looked at the "secrets" to changing your life for God. They begin with the foundation of Christ and His sacrifice, God and His grace, and of faith. They continue with prayer and study and worship, and then move to things such as love and joy and peace. And... they seem too simple... so most people will simply never do them. This is why most people do not get "A's" in difficult classes, why most people lose money when investing, and it's especially why most people simply will never have the quality of life that God wants for them.

If you want have a change in the "outcome" of your life, you will have to make changes to the "inputs". These so called "secrets" are nothing more than first principles of Christianity, but they really will change your life if you are willing to commit yourself to the effort living for God will require. The concepts of commitment and effort are hardly "secrets". The real secret is that most people are simply unwilling to do them... so theyfail. Did you think it would be easy?

Now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts20:32, NIV