The Wealth of Knowing Jesus

Success

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by Malcolm Muggeridge (British Author)

I may, I suppose, regard myself, or pass for being, a relatively successful man. People occasionally stare at me in the streets—that's FAME.

I can fairly easily earn enough to qualify for admission to the higher slopes of the Internal Revenue —that's SUCCESS.

Furnished with money and a little fame even the elderly, if they care to, may partake of trendy diversions—that's PLEASURE.

It might happen once in a while that something I said or wrote was sufficiently heeded for me to persuade myself that it represented a serious impact on our time—that's FULFILLMENT.

Yet I say to you—and I beg you to believe me—multiply these tiny triumphs by a million, add them all together, and they are nothing—less than nothing, a positive impediment—measured against one draught of that living water Christ offers to the spiritually thirsty, irrespective of who or what they are.

Sally S. Wright, "The Pilgrimage of Malcolm Muggeridge,"  -Chronicles, Dec. 1992, p. 29, quoting from Muggeridge's Jesus Rediscovered. Quoted by Dallin H. Oaks, BYU Speeches 1992-93, p. 121.