A Principle That Hangs Between Success and Failure


The world is divided into two absolute sides and classes. The failures and the successful, the rich and the poor, the mentally strong and the mentally weak, and many more classifications. In very many yardsticks, it seems that the majority take the opposite sides; some skewed to the left, others to the right. On which side are you?

Success and failure can allude to many things, including heredity, diligence, precision, and environment. When we talk about the concept of economic muscle, some people are born with an almost unconquerable disposition towards poverty. Or how do you expect a lazy, uneducated son of a pauper with no bequest and no instinct to wealth creation to overcome the economic turbulence? Such an individual can offer a great case study for the vicious cycle of poverty! The same can be seen in the lives of many who are born with weak moral persuasion. The probability that an offspring of anti-teetotaller parents will themselves be drunkards is quite high. While some are born with an upper hand towards conquest, some are born with biased tendencies, making conquest a rocket science. This could be why many people are keen on the character of their potential spouses. Are you? Bad characters are inherited and cultivated as well. It would be easier to struggle with a bad environment than inherent vices. 

In life, there are some realities we must come to terms with, however hard they may be. We cannot choose a lot of things. You didn’t have the privilege of choosing the family in which to be born, or everyone would be in the white house,  you didn’t choose the country in which to be born, or everyone would be in the western countries and the slums would be deserted. Life does not allow us to choose between these and many more. We just find ourselves connected with ties that cannot be broken to abusive families, undesirable and crude neighborhoods, poverty-stricken economies, and many more unpleasantries which we would not have chosen had we had the power to choose our fate. There are a lot of things for which we can’t be blamed with reasonable conclusions. 

However, a lot of things in life have to do with our personal efforts and choices. Many people are languishing in poverty whose actions have contributed to their situation—laziness and slothfulness on duty. Joblessness with an expensive appetite is a recipe for pauperism. Most morally broke individuals have little to blame on inherited tendencies. Instead, they are guilty of unimproved opportunities and abused privileges. They have misused their powers and have lost their growth potential. While our heredity can make us negatively biased, our individual choices make a great difference in our lives. What is it that you have chosen? 

Between success and failure hangs a power we cannot abuse—the power of Choice. I am not saying that it is a power we don’t abuse, but power so costly to abuse, we can’t afford it! The reason why this power must not be abused is simple; the consequences of abusing it are irreversible and, in most cases, beyond our reach. We can only make a choice, and after this, our freedom is gone. I mean that we cannot choose the consequences of our actions: it is a freedom God didn’t grant, and it would be risky for the universe if any created being could choose the consequences of their actions. 

However, there is a way out. You can still choose the consequences of your actions by making good use of the ability to choose. No one gets surprised at the outcomes of their own actions. When you decide to be a party animal and careless practitioner of promiscuity, a medical diagnosis associating you with genital warts and HIV/Aids is not surprising. On the same note, the successful people only surprise the onlookers but not themselves. They look back at the effort they made and just congratulate themselves by the statement, “I did it.” The only way to choose the consequences of your actions is to be right at the privilege at your disposal—choice. Right doing results in the right outcomes. 

During the exodus and journey in the wilderness, God made a non-negotiable declaration to the Children of Israel:

 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live {KJV Deuteronomy 30:19

You may not be an extensive reader or pious, but what we have seen from the Bible is not a strange concept. Life and death are always before us. That’s why we choose to eat to avoid death by starvation; we consider the traffic rules before we cross the road and many more. Everyone knows this verse by heart. 

Between where you are and where you want to be or where you don’t want to be, lies the power of Choice. You can’t avoid exercising this power; the only thing that will make a difference is the outcome. At some point, you must choose your career path, spouse, diet, lifestyle, etc. The difference in outcomes will depend on what you choose. If you asked God what to choose, here is His answer :

 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! {KJV Deuteronomy 5:29

God is making it easier by reminding us of the law. Law is not good news to undisciplined minds. But I don’t know of success without adherence to principles. Even the natural world has laws that must be obeyed. The sun does not arise from any direction except the east, nor does it decide to set in the south because of fatigue; instead, it endures all the way to the west. 

Be like the sun. Go all the way. If you make the right choice, you have conquered the irreversible predetermined consequences of all actions. Between Celebration and another book of Lamentations lies a power—CHOICE. 

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