Success can give us delight, certainly. But more often than not, we face failure and suffering. Is it possible to still find delight in that context? Yes, it is! And here you have the elements of that delight.
One of the first things one has to appreciate from Solomon, in his book of Ecclesiastes, is his honesty. He holds no punches. He is direct. He is to the point. And he says things in a way that resonates with us even now.
It is better to go the house of mourning
than go to the house of feasting.Chapter 7
Yes, somehow, we do get what he is saying.
Now, the good thing is that he proceeds to clarify his point. He is not calling us to masochism; he is not calling us to have this sick state of mind where we desire to be miserable. A careful reading of what the preacher wrote yields the elements of delight, even when success is not that we have obtained.
Element #1. Consider reality… all of it.
Element #2. It is God – and only God – who is in charge of everything.
Element #3. Work hard (“withhold not your hand) with the aim of knowing Him better.
It is good for us to take hold of this and, armed with it, strive to reach our goals.
What are your safeguards against discouragement, specially in your professional life?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.