Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Lord's Formula For Success

Society today places a lot of emphasis on being successful. There are “Self Help” organizations which offer classes and seminars everywhere you turn. Companies that are designed to improve your business or work place, by introducing new and improved ideas for success to you and your employees, have sprung up as well. This “self improvement” marketplace has become a multi million dollar industry; in fact, it is probably one of the few that are thriving even in our economy today.

Why do you think that is?

Perhaps people are simply looking for the best way to become successful and feel success.

Isn’t it interesting that in Section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants the Lord outlines a beautiful formula for success in just 145 words, and He offers it free of charge.

These ideas were taken from a wonderful talk by Sterling W. Sill.

1. The Faith Clause-You simply must have faith in the endeavor.
“Now behold a marvelous work is about to come forth...”

2. The Co-operation Clause-A cooperation of your efforts is required.
“serve Him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength...”

3. The Ambition Clause- Make it your hearts desire.
“Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye all called to the work.”

4. The Opportunity Clause- Make sure it is achievable or attainable.
“For behold the field is white....”

5. The Concentration Clause- FOCUS
“...with an eye single...”

6. The Personal Qualities Clause-Develop personal gifts.
“Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence...”

7. Additional Instructions-Ask and Knock.

This formula is so universal it can be applied to any worthy work or endeavor you choose. The Lord has promised that this is the key to success, and His promises are sure!

1 comment:

The Teacher said...

I like the idea of thrusting in your sickle as cooperating with the Lord. It really sheds a new light on that verse for me.