My Definition of Success Essay examples

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What is success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest crtics and endure the betrayl of flase friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson --

I define success by how much I am able to be of service to others. Public service is the most honorable profession! You might be a police officer in Nebraska or a nurse in Canada; a mayor in South Africa or a council person in England; a custodian at a
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According to this ethic, Jesus has it absolutely backward. In a culture of upward mobility, Jesus teaches downward mobility – that we should all be servants, not masters. In a culture where materialism and power are prized above everything else, Jesus comes off as a flaming ignoramus who knows little if anything about how careers work. Some public servants fall prey to worldly temptations. We read about them in the media. They get into trouble because they forget that the public servant should purposely and knowingly take on the role of, well, a servant. There is nothing wrong with acquiring nice things for your family and advancing your career through hard work. But the Christian public servant hears a cry that goes beyond the calling of status; beyond the calling of domination which is so clearly heard in our times. The Christian public servant is called to stand with Christ and against the culture. The Christian public servant knows that Jesus is not a flaming ignoramus, but is the true reflection of God. Service is the end, not the means. Service is to be exalted not demeaned. Others (all others) are to be respected, not denigrated. This is the ethic of Jesus, and practicing it makes all the difference in our jobs and in our lives. As this work week begins, let all Christian public servants hear the cry that goes beyond the calling of this world. In our jobs as elsewhere, let us be a reflection of

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