"As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success" (2 Chronicles 26:5).
In the February 1983 issue of Spiritual Fitness in Business, a monthly newsletter published by Probe Ministries International, Dallas, Texas, Kirby Anderson gives the following traits of successful people:
Successful people are dependent. They depend on the Lord to use their gifts in specific situations.
Successful people are less concerned with image than with accomplishment. God gets the glory. So many believe they must live up to a preconceived image of the "successful businessman." We are successful by being successful, not by living up to an image concocted by advertising executives.
Successful people are tenacious; they don't give up when an obstacle presents itself; they aren't vulnerable to criticism. They pray that the Lord will give the vision, stamina and perseverance to complete the projects before them.
Successful people focus on the goal, not the reward. They are winners, achievers and contributors. They strive toward the goal and leave the results to God.
Successful people do not accept all the credit. They realize almost every project requires more than one's personal effort. It requires staff support. A successful person gives credit where credit is due(Romans 16:1-4).
Successful people redeem failures. Failure can indeed be an avenue to success. Who hasn't failed? Only one -- Jesus Christ. If we place our trust in Him, we will be able to redeem failures into successes.
"God is not so unjust as to forget your work ... " (Hebrews 6:10). The discouraged need to know that God observes good works, and that what the world considers success is not always how God views success.