Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
Circumstantial Success
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
Deuteronomy 28:6 (NKJV)
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation...
Philippians 4:12 (NIV)
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV)
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.
Luke 16:10 (NLT)
Success is...

A journey and NOT an arrival.
A behavior and NOT a circumstance.
A progression and NOT a timetable.
The way we live and NOT what we acquire.
The narrow path and NOT the mountain top.
Our best effort, but NOT the best trophy.
A role well played but NOT our name in lights.
How well we serve others but NOT ourselves.

Some people can't seem to be satisfied. Wherever they are, whatever they're in, whoever they're with, it's just not enough. Contentment is a place they've never stayed.

They're always looking for the next new thing: the next role, trip, job, friend, fix or date; the next purchase, hobby or relationship. They search for happiness- but don't find it.

Have you known dissatisfied performers? They're not happy. They're being overlooked. They're not getting booked for the parts they want. Should they switch agents? Move on? Or give up?

Saints need to learn: circumstantial success (success depending on external stuff) doesn't exist in the kindgom of God. In all that we do, we're ALREADY blessed!

When we truly appreciate RIGHT NOW- and make the best of every circumstance, God will promote us at just the right time. Consider Joseph, David and Esther.

Larger roles always follow faithfulness, gratitude and honor in smaller ones.

## Circumstantial Success

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Circumstantial Success series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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