“…I don’t spite him for thinking big, now, but for thinking he can ‘make it big,’ without paying his dues…”

20131228_223214MOTIVE: Show me your MOTIVE and I’ll show you the odds of your success. Are we motivated by selfishness, fear, money, fame, or lust? Or, are we motivated by the SELF-LESS-NESS of putting others first?   That is…to further the cause of the corporate good, or that of the collective individuals. What is the content of your Heart? God gives His Grace to those who exemplify His Motive ahead of their own.

A fellow came by my office, just yesterday, seeking my advice on how to put together a major 15-20 million-dollar deal. Now, here’s a guy who makes about $30K per year, does not own a car, and is a “wanna-be” king of the universe. I don’t spite him for thinking big, now, but for thinking he can “make it big,” without paying his dues.

I asked him what his motives were for tackling this particular deal. He gave me three motives: satisfaction of a cultural fixation, satisfaction of success, and satisfaction of making money. He didn’t mention anything about “helping others, or discerning, or achieving God’s purpose. He has “no money” of his own, yet he is wanting to go “major-league,” without having played his first ball-game. From a business perspective… he has no-skill-sets, and no-root-system.

I’m telling you now… planning any kind of endeavor, and leaving God out of the equation, spells ultimate failure. Sure, one might taste some degree of success, but will it be sustaining…absolutely not. The reason being: God is the foundation. He is the basic root system. He is the glue that holds everything together. He is the fertilizer that feeds the entire plan.

Admittedly, I know, and have seen, any number of people who have enjoyed great success… and don’t even believe in God; so you may ask: What is Brooks talking about? Here’s precisely what I’m talking about: Success without God… is NOT success. It will not last. You will not find satisfaction; you will not find joy. All kinds of issues will, ultimately, come up… that will affect the “on-going”… long-term…SUCCESS.

More than idols, personal success will lead one to a sense that we ourselves are God. We develop the notion that our security and value rest in our own wisdom, strength and performance. We are “the king of the universe.” No one, can top what we have achieved; and too, we eventually conclude that we are “above the law.” This notion is true from the lowest degree of success, even, up to, and including any number of “high-offices.”

The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) teaches that we work for the Master, not our own selfish purposes.   We work at the pleasure of the Lord, and our work is to be driven by our love of the Master. Our only desire should be to hear Him say, “Well done my good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Master.”    ….Blessings….cjlb…6/11/15.

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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