There are a lot of weird names on the internet. Does only a yahoo use Yahoo? What the heck is a Mopho.to? Perhaps most amazing of all is how a company named Google not only survived, but even added a verb to the world-wide vocabulary – “Google it.”
Imagine creating a business so huge it becomes a new international word. That is amazing! When I mentioned that, someone responded, “They’re pretty successful”. “Hmmmm”, I wondered, “Are they successful or merely amazing?”
Do the founders have spouses and children that love and admire them? Do they have time in their lives to enjoy the journey, to drink in the beauty around them? Do they have life-long friends that trust them and would go to bat for them? Are their hearts at peace with God and man? If they died today what would people say characterized their life? Would the talk just be about a business they built or about people they impacted? Do they have a “good name” or did they sacrifice integrity on the altar of achievement?
I have no idea about the people behind Google (and don’t care so spare me any insights). The point is it is easy to think a big name, a big business, recognition by the masses or a huge bank account means we are successful. It’s easy to daily flush our lives away chasing things that ultimately prove to be hollow.
I don’t want to be like the guy who fought all his life to climb the ladder of success only to discover when he reached the top that he had placed the ladder against the wrong wall. Let me encourage you to evaluate where your life is headed. Are you doing things that add up to a successful life? Don’t be a yahoo! And if you aren’t sure what that means… Google it!
1 Corinthians 3:13-14
But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.