Our entire life, from birth to death, is the pursuit of success. We begin by facing the challenges of navigation, speech and understanding. As we go into school, all through these years we seek and measure success by our grades.
As we leave the school years behind we seek success in making our way in the world. There we seek to make a home and balance our payments to our income. Most of us, barring trauma or catastrophes, accomplish all the challenges these obstacles bring, but we have not, as yet, achieved success.
The greatest obstacle we face in life is to be master of ourselves; this theme is God given and God empowered.
It is indispensably necessary that our thoughts and habits be good and regular, for God has designed that there is nothing truly impossible that is necessary for the accomplishment of our happiness.
Sobriety and self-control of all kinds such as; the keeping of one's self from melancholy, avoiding violent passions and lusts, as well as moderate exercise and keeping our appetites well governed, all of which do assist, preserve, confirm and finish that which nature first began.
True success in life is a noble and godly pursuit, as Peter affirms - "Whoever would love life and see good days.." a desire we all have within us, and it is found by adding the helps above and turning from evil and seeking right relationships with God and man, "For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears attend to their prayer."
For what person should forever carry about themselves a gang of pirate passions?
Thanks to the book "A true friend" 1874, for many of the thoughts here.