Hope and humor ‘zine: ‘Suck-cess’ issue

August 14th, 2016 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

James Watkins, author, speaker
Hi, I’m Jim Watkins: author, speaker, threat to society. This week’s topic is success, failure and what I’ve dubbed as suck-cess.

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Terrorists attack Turkey—again

At least 30 are dead, 94 injured as terrorists bombed a wedding party in Turkey. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those killed and injured. The battered country was just ravaged with a bloody coup and an earlier terrorist attack on the Istanbul airport. Here are some posts that may be helpful in processing yet another terror attack.

Dealing with death and grief
Talking to your children about terrorism
How can we overcome evil with good?
Candle-lighting ceremony following terrorist attacks (September 11, 2001)

Dealing with ‘suck-cess’

      Suck-cess n. The point at which you reach the 99 percentile in your career, then realize the gulf between 99 and 100 percent is as gaping as 1-99 percent.

Are you struggling with suck-cess?

Let me give you a personal example. Sales of The Imitation of Christ have reached the 99.98 percentile. In other words, it’s selling more copies than nearly every book in all the books in all the brick and mortar stores and on amazon.com! I should be doing my happy dance. Right?!

And yet, it’s not considered a successful book until it gets closer to 99.999999999 percent. And only one or two books a year will sell a million copies—or even 100,000 copies.

It’s probably the same in your line of work. So, here some help: [Continue reading]

Soaring with eagles, walking with emus

You probably won’t be as successful as you dream. That may not be good news, but it really is! God probably has an even better dream for you. And you definitely won’t be as unsuccessful as you fear. God has a whole different definition of success and failure as we’ll discover later. [Continue reading]

Turn your ‘shaft’ into a mine

We all have areas in our lives that are not perfect, investment-quality Grade-A Fancy. But often our weaknesses turn into our strengths, our failures into our successes, and our worthlessness into our greatest value. So, how can you turn what appears to be a dark, cold “shaft” into a diamond mine? [Continue reading]

When you don’t succeed

A show of hands, please? How many of you have ever claimed this “promise” verse?

      Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
      and your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3).

It’s a promise that if we’re “totally committed” to God, our plans will succeed, right?! Well, not if you look at the Hebrew word translated by the New International Version as “succeed.” [Continue reading]

Quotations on success and failure

What we need to get straight once and for all is that our own personal measurement of things is totally irrelevant when it come to our labor in the kingdom of God. It really doesn’t matter what it looks like or how insignificant we think we are. It’s not about us. It’s about God and his power. What he wants of us in not our spectacular talents or great ability to be successful. He wants our faithfulness. He takes care of the rest. In the end, we aren’t responsible for the success of our efforts of the time of it. If we’ll just do what he puts in front of us, he’ll produce what he wants in his time and his way. John I. Snyder

If you seek great things for yourself—God has called me for this and that; you are putting a barrier to God’s use of you. As long as you have a personal interest in your own character, or any set ambition, you cannot get through into identification with God’s interests. You can only get there by losing for ever any idea of yourself and by letting God take you right out into His purpose for the world, and because your goings are of the Lord, you can never understand your ways. Oswald Chambers

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

In the morning sow your seed,
and in the evening don’t withhold your hand;
for you don’t know which will prosper, whether this or that,
or whether they both will be equally good. Ecclesiastes 11:6

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

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