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The Aroma of His  Love

Success -- World Series & the Universe

by Mike Tucker *

Success is something we all seek. We want to succeed in our careers,
our relationships, in raising our children. We want to make our mark in the world and be remembered for our achievements. But
 success is a variable concept, and one that is not easily defined. What is success?

In a special feature on the DVD of the movie The Natural, baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. talks about his view of success. Even though he is one of the greatest individual players in baseball history, what mattered most to him was succeeding as a team.
In the interview, he says: "I'd much rather be referred to not as an individually great player, or someone who tore up the record books, but someone who came to the ball park and said: 'Okay, I'm here. I want to play. What can I do to help us win today?'"

Amidst still photos and replays from the World Series, Ripken speaks directly to the issue of how true success is a team accomplishment, not an individual accomplishment.


He says:   A lot of people ask, "What is your greatest play—your greatest accomplishment?"  I say, "I caught the last out of the World Series." It wasn't a great catch—I didn't dive, I didn't do a cartwheel and throw the guy out at first base.
People's mouths didn't drop open on the play. We all want to be part of something bigger.  But we all have our little jobs that we have to do as a member of a team. Everybody has their individual responsibilities, but they all have to come together for a main goal, and that's to win. I've had great years when we haven't won, and they have not been really fulfilling. I've had not-so-great years, but we've had a good success as a team, and they were more fulfilling.  So the most fulfilling moment I could ever have, again, was catching the last out of the World Series—knowing we did it!

As believers, it is important to realize that we do not succeed as individuals.
 We succeed because of Jesus. In fact, our connection to Him gives us absolute victory in every arena of life. He has won our salvation and given it to us by His grace, and now He walks with us to guide us through every single day of life. And on top of all that, through Him we find fellowship with other believers, who become our flesh-and-blood teammates. Some of our greatest successes will be those we accomplish with God’s team, the church.  I’m praising God today that Jesus is the definition and the fulfillment of my success.

With Love,

*  Mike Tucker is the speaker/director of Faith for Today. 
Article used by permission.
Faith Moment    February 17, 2014

For more Faith Moments with Mike  Tucker:   click HERE.

The Appearing Quiz


October 2019
Welcome to our friends visiting here from all over the world !
Below are 11 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited in October through October 19, 2019:

1-5:       Australia, Canada, France, Honduras, India, 

6-10:    Kenya, Philippines, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, 

11:          United States


September 2019
Below are 11 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited in September, 2019:

1-5:    Austria, Canada, Ghana, Greece, Japan,

6-10:  Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States,

11:         Zambia


August  2019
Below are 14 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited in August, 2019:

1-5:      Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, 

6-10:    India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines,

11-14:   South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States


July 2019
Below are 9 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited in July, 2019:

1-5:      Bahamas, China, Czechia, India, Japan,

6-9:     Kenya, Netherlands, South Africa, United States

June  2019
Below are 11 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited in June, 2019:

1-5:      Australia,  Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, 

6-10:   Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, United States,

11:          Zimbabwe

May  2019
Below are 10 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited in May, 2019:

1-5:      Canada, Guyana, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia,

6-10:   Philippines, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States


April  2019
Below are 12 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited in April, 2019:

1-5:      Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Italy,

6-10:   Romania, St. Kitts & Nevis, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, 

11-12:   Venezuela, Zambia

March  2019
Below are 10 of the countries (listed alphabetically) that
visited in March, 2019:

1-5:       Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany,

6-10:    Hong Kong, Kenya, Lesotho, Netherlands, United States




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