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A Secret To Success . . .

A Secret To Success . . .


"And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him two." Matthew 5:41 (KJV)


During an interview, a retired business executive was asked about his "secret to success."  Without hesitation, he replied that he could sum it up in three words:  "And then some."  "I discovered at an early age," he said, "that most of the difference between average people and top people could be explained in these three words.  The top people did what was expected of them . . . and then some.  They were thoughtful of others . . . and then some.  They met their obligations and responsibilities . . . and then some.  They were good friends . . . and then some."


I know what he meant.  Several years ago, I took my car, with about 80,000 miles on it, to a local tire and auto repair shop to have my brakes checked.  When I went back to get it, and pay my bill, the owner said, "You must be easy on brakes.  Your brakes look almost new.  You don't need anything done to them right now."  I was delighted.  "How much do I owe you for the inspection," I asked.  "Nothing," he said, "We only charge if we use parts and make repairs."  Needless to say, he gained a lifetime customer.


Too often, we have come to accept as normal, those who try to get by with doing as-little-as-possible (and somehow they still keep their jobs).  For example, when we call an office twenty minutes before the end of the workday . . . and discover the employees have already left for the day.  In contrast to that, Jesus taught us, as believers, to make "going the second mile" our life style.  "That is," do what is required of you . . . and then do more.


Those who live that way are so noticeable, so favorably impressive, so appreciated, that they cannot keep from succeeding.  It is a characteristic that is within the grasp of every individual, because it does not depend upon one's looks, one's intelligence, or one's ability . . . it has only to do with caring enough about Jesus, to do what He says.  Let's give it a try.  It will shock some people, but they will like it.


"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might." Ecclesiastes 9:10a (KJV)


Andrew (Andy) Johnson


Senior-Adult Pastor, Emeritus -- First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana

Fighter Pilot, U. S. Marine Corps (1952-66, Ret.); Chaplain, U. S. Navy (1969-90, Ret.)



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