So Over Pressure: The Idol of Success

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Ecclesiastes 2:3-11; Ecclesiastes 4:4-6; 1 Peter 4:10

Reflection Questions

1.   What is your personal definition of success? Has that definition changed over the years? 

2.   Read Ecclesiastes 2:3-11. What are your initial thoughts on this passage? Do you find it oddly depressing for being in the Bible? Do you find it’s honesty refreshing?

3.   What about the passage above speaks to the folly of constantly chasing success, power and stuff? How do we in modern times fall victim to this trap?

4.   What is the difference between positive success and negative success? What do the motives and means of success have to do with the answer to this question?

5.   Read Ecclesiastes 4:4-6. Do you spend more energy finding tranquility with "one handful" or chasing after that second handful? Why?

 Going Further

Read 1 Peter 4:10. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” How do you think this statement translates to a culture so consumed with fame and success? Why do you think greatness has nothing to do with fame--and even sometimes success?