The Rector Writes - June 2019

We are a society obsessed with the search for success.  

Each year dozens of new books and magazines and hundreds of seminars offer ideas, motivation, and techniques for gaining success and prosperity.

Curiously, however, few ever address what most people want (but seldom find) in their pursuit of success - contentment, fulfilment, satisfaction, and relief.  

As one person put it, "the trouble with success is that the formula is the same as the one for a nervous breakdown".

And what is the formula? Work longer, work harder, constantly be on call, push ahead, let nothing hinder your quest - not your marriage or family, not your convictions or conscience, not your health or friends. Press on. Lean in.

What does the Bible say? "'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.' Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:5-7)

Humble yourself. That hardly seems right. And yet, for true success, the way up is by going down, and the way of self-promotion is the way to ultimate loss.

Anxiety - what a modern word. Or its twin sister, stress. How will we escape the clutches of those two? Harder work? Longer hours? 

No, the Bible commends something that will actually make a difference: Discover that there is someone stronger than you, who knows your needs better than you, and you cares about your ultimate happiness more than you do. And let the anxieties roll from your shoulders to His.