Good Success

"There may be a problem with it, but you don't throw
out the baby with the bath water."  Those are the words
of Ohio Governor George V. Voinovich concerning
affirmative action.  This is similar to President
Clinton's upholding affirmative action, noting
that "The job of ending discrimination in this country
is not done."  Yet there are those who continue to
argue that the program should be scrapped.  This
argument will continue for awhile yet, but our course
of action is clear.  

Hebrews 12:1 gives more practical insight:
". . . let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which
doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience
the race that is set before us ... . "  From this
scripture we can extract several points:  

1)   As we seek to serve God there is generally a
peculiar sin standing in our way.  It is the sin with
which we continually struggle: perhaps the sin we held
onto after surrendering all others to Christ, thinking
we would be pure in all but "this!"  Perhaps it is the
sin willingly given up only to be returned to time and
time again?  Whatever the case, our hindrance to good
success is not because we desire a life of sin--it is
simply this one thing we cannot shake!  "It" is not the
same for each of us.  Yet its presence keeps each of us
from having good success.  

2)   Everything that hinders us is not sin.  We are
often kept from good success by simply giving way to
distractions which pull us away or slow our progress. 
A good illustration is provided by II Timothy 2:4 {TLB}
"and as Christ's soldier, do not let yourself become
tied up in  worldly affairs, for then you cannot
satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army." 
There are also more current illustrations--the student
failing to learn because of too much attention to
athletics, the parent distracted from child rearing by
social interaction with co-workers, the school system
or school bureaucracy diverted from teaching by a
myriad of disciplinary problems.  While these endeavors
are not sinful, we would probably all agree that such
participation should be of lower priority than in
activities that ensure lasting success.  We can also
take into our body substances that although not illegal
are not helpful and may hinder our success.  

3)   There is a reward to those who are successful; and
patience is necessary to obtain that reward.  As
reflected in Genesis 37:3 through Genesis 45:28, Joseph
did not give up hope when he was imprisoned by
Potiphar.  He exercised patience knowing that God would
not abandon him, and he maintained the confidence that
what he had been told in a dream would occur.  Joseph
continued his race, conducting himself as a child of
God despite unfair treatment by his own brothers and
Potiphar.  Joseph's race was not a sprint, or even a
marathon with a set destination; Joseph's race
continued until the promised outcome.    

4)   To run successfully we must not allow ourselves to
be weighed down by the trappings of affluence which do
not contribute to our success or by grievances against
fellow believers.

Should affirmative action continue?  It need not be a
question for the Congress and the President.  According
to God's word, our success is in meditating on and doing
His word. If we truly want to be successful in America
we must heed the message of Joshua 1:8  "This book of
the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou
shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest
observe to do according to all that is written therein:
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then
thou shalt have good success." 
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