But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. Genesis 13:6-7
Over the years I have watched people struggle with success. One family in particular handled success well. After selling their business they increased their giving, not their standard of living. They live in the same house, drive the same cars, attend the same church and have the same friends. This successful family is still very intentional about investing in their marriage and in people who are hurting and in need. Wisely, this couple continues to practice the humility and integrity that gave them success. Success is a platform of influence to be used for God’s plan.
Two family members, Abram and Lot, did not manage success very well. They kept all their possessions and divided, instead of letting go of some stuff and uniting. They could have given away some of their possessions and made room for life together. But because they both kept it all, one eventually lost it all. They could have been better together, but when they split up, they were conquered. We suffer from success if we selfishly demand our way and miss accountability.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor” (Ecclesiastes 4:9).
Has success changed you for the better or for the worse? Has your accountability increased or decreased? One good success indicator is continuing to cultivate a generous heart. Generosity is the best remedy for greed. Perhaps you seek an accountability partner/s or take a crown financial class to refresh your spirit around biblical teaching on money management. You might define a financial finish line and give away everything over that amount. Also, pray for ways your things can be used to grow relationships not divide them. Leverage your assets as tools for God’s work not toys for yourself.
Moreover, as our Lord's grateful children, we give Him credit for any successes in life. God gave us the gift of His son Jesus, so by faith we have His Spirit living within us to guide our decision-making. Because of the Lord’s leadership and promptings of the Spirit in our lives, we are able to live abundant lives. Anything good we have comes from God. He gives our minds wisdom to think clearly. He gives our hearts humility to act graciously. He gives our souls salvation to live gratefully. So, we give God glory for our success. Without Him we fail, with Him we succeed.