success  |səkˈses|
the accomplishment of an aim or purpose: the president had some success in restoring confidence.
  • the attainment of popularity or profit: the success of his play.
  • a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity: I must make a success of my daily Bible reading.
  • archaic the outcome of an undertaking, specified as achieving or failing to achieve its aims: the good or ill success of their maritime enterprises.

"Success" — A New Year Recipe

Google the word "success" and you'll quickly discover that people are interested in a great many things, from "how to be successful," to "who is successful and why," to "what it takes to realize one's dreams." For many, success is an obsession.

For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Joshua 1:8

What is the recipe for success as described in today's verse? "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it" (Joshua 1:8). Psalm 1:3 (shown in the photo below) describes the person who meditates on God's Word as being ". . . like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." Jesus (also known as The Word) says, "Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit" (John 15:5).

In this new year, start today by delighting in the Lord and mediating on the truth of the Bible as you read God's Word every day. He'll shape your desires according to His will and then grant them (Psalm 37:4, I John 5:14).

(Click the photo to enlarge it.)

As you read your Bible daily, please pray that American citizens will turn to God as their source of genuine success.

Please start today! Use the convenient "Daily Bible Reading" calendar sheets that George and Warren provided to you last week.

If you didn't receive a packet but would like one, please email your request to George and he'll provide you with a packet that enables you to read the entire Bible in one year, spending ±20 minutes each day.