The Measure of Success
- A young man who had been reared on a farm decided to be a doctor in
order that he might be of greater service to mankind. He felt that
he could do more good and help more of his fellow men if he
practiced medicine, than if he stayed on the farm.
The years in medical school were strenuous ones. There were many
sacrifices on his part, and plenty of work and study. His father and
mother entered into the sacrifice, too. They went without many
things in order that the boy might stay in school. Finally he
graduated and served an internship, then went into a large city and
began his chosen work.
Things did not go too well. He didn't have many patients, and his
income was not all he had expected. Evidence of his discouragement
must have crept into his letters to his parents, for his father
decided to go to the city to see his son. His visit was a pleasant
"Well, son," he asked, "How are you getting along? How is your
"I'm not getting along at all, dad. I am not doing a thing. Maybe I
made a mistake."
The father tried to say something which would encourage the young
doctor. He had helped him before; maybe he could do something now.
So he did his best.
Later in the day the father went with his son to a free clinic,
where the young man spent several hours each day without any
financial recompense. Twenty-five suffering patients were cared for
as carefully as if the doctor were to receive a large check from
each one. He spoke words of cheer, and left each one feeling better.
When they were alone again, the old gentleman said, "I thought you
told me you were not doing anything. If I had given as much help to
as many persons in a month as you have in a few hours this morning,
I would thank God that I was good for something."
"But there isn't any money in it, dad," the boy replied.
"Money!" the old man said, with a tone of scorn in his voice. "What
is money in comparison with being a help and a blessing to your
fellow men? Forget the money. Don't let it worry you. I will go back
to the farm and work the rest of my life to help support you, for in
that way I shall be a blessing, too. I shall be happy by day and
sleep soundly at night in the thought that I have helped you to help
your fellow men."
By C. L. Paddock
Be encouraged and know that your efforts are not in vain. Success
should never be measured by financial status, but rather by how many
lives have been positively changed. We as believers are an extension
of God's hands and feet and have been commanded to shine the light
within us which is God's Light to a hurting and dying world. (Mark
8:34-38) (Matthew 5:16)
Have confidence in God's ability and run your race with a renewed
determination and know that God is well pleased with the job that He
has asked you to undertake and complete. He has promised to be with
you so be encouraged and let the Joy of the Lord be your strength.