I was watching a movie the other day that made me think about the ancient Greeks and how they had a god for just about everything. The complete list has over 100 gods on it for everything from comedy and dancing to death.
Here are a few examples:
- Apollo – God of the sun, music, healing, and herding
- Athena – Goddess of wisdom, poetry, art, and the strategic side of war
- Dionysus – God of wine and pleasure (Currently living in Las Vegas)
- Poseidon – God of the sea and earthquakes
- Hera – Goddess of marriage
- Hypnos – God of sleep
- Hygea – Goddess of cleanliness and hygiene.
But I noticed that that Greeks seem to have a god for everything except Success.
However, let’s just say metaphorically there was a god of success who was looking down upon us. Do you ever wonder why some experience such incredible things in life with such ease that they seem larger than life? But are they really larger than life or did they figure something out that others have not? If there were a god of success today, what would he expect from us? What would he require of us to bestow his gift of success?
Consider these two famous quotes:
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it” – Winston Churchill
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans” – Woody Allen
How can it be that we have the ability to write our own story in history, but also be at the mercy of powers beyond our control?
I believe that God is willing to give us the desires of our heart if and only if
we’re clear about what we want and we’re willing to go out of our way to make it a reality. If your desire is to land on the moon, he’ll provide the people, the minds and the technology to make it available to you to go to the moon. If you look back in your life and think of instances where you wanted something so bad that nothing could get in your way, did you eventually get it? If you didn’t get it, did you come to realize that maybe it wasn’t as important as you thought it was?
Although there is no god of success, there IS a God that wants us to be successful; He is the one that puts the dream in our hearts. He can and does bless us and he does open doors for us. But, he doesn’t do the work for us. The magic formula happens when we combine our own Herculean efforts with God’s divine blessing.