SUCCESS and FAILURE

The Crystal Palace was a cast-iron and plate-glass building originally erected in Hyde Park, London, England, to house The Great Exhibition of 1851. From its organisation to the grand opening took just nine months.

The building was architecturally adventurous, taking the form of a massive glass house, 1851 feet long by 454 feet wide and was constructed from cast iron frame components and glass. From the interior, the building’s large size was emphasized with trees and statues.

The Great Exhibition was organized by Prince Albert, and members of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.  Exhibits, numbering 13,000 in total, came from throughout Britain, and from Australia, India, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland, France and USA.

The Crystal Palace was an enormous success, considered an architectural marvel, and an engineering triumph.  The building was later moved and re-erected in South London. It was destroyed by fire 30th November 1936.

The Great Exhibition made a surplus of £186,000 (£16,190,000 value as of 2012) which was used to found the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. The remaining surplus was used to set up an educational trust to provide grants and scholarships for research.  It continues to do so today.

*   THE CRYSTAL PALACE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS   *

Many prizes were awarded. 
One of these was for a steam-driven invention with over 7000 parts.
Thousands stood watching and marvelling
as its pulleys, whistles, bells and gears made a lot of noise,
but the contraption
DIDN’T DO ANYTHING

People LOOKED at it and were amazed by its ACTIONS,
but it achieved NOTHING!

How often do we confuse activity with accomplishment?

I know this happens a lot in the secular world,
but what of our Churches,
and more importantly what of our own personal lives as Christians?

Do we bustle about without really achieving anything?

Could we spend our time more effectively
for the furtherance of the Kingdom?

Ephesians 5:15-16
See then that you walk circumspectly,
not as fools, but as wise,
redeeming the time because the days are evil 

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Let me burn out for Thee, dear Lord,
Burn and wear out for Thee.
Don’t let me rust, or my life be a failure,
Dear Lord, to Thee.
Take me and all I have, dear Lord,
And get me so close to Thee
That I feel the throb of the deep heart of God
Until I wear out for Thee.

Only one life: ‘twill soon be passed. Only what’s done for Christ will last!

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I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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8 Responses to SUCCESS and FAILURE

  1. writinggomer says:

    Wonderful post Angela. We are called to serve Him, not ourselves.

    • And what a great privilege and joy it is to serve Him!
      On the other hand, when we serve ourselves we are left dissatisfied and we achieve nothing.

      The work is great and the time is short. We need to spend our energies for the furtherance of the Gospel, as He leads and in His enabling.

  2. Rob Barkman says:

    Bearing the fruits of the Spirit coming from an intimate relationship with the Lord is the greatest type of service we can offer to Him. Our outward actions of piety pale in comparison to the HS bringing forth His fruit from our lives. Great posting, Thank you.

    • Amen Rob. When we bear the fruit of the Spirit, our activities will be directed by Him, God-honouring and fruitful. When we bustle around in our own strength, nothing worthwhile will be achieved.

  3. admin says:

    Enjoyed your post. So true, that activity is equated with productivity. Many times we are called to listen, trust and obey the Lord. This brings lasting fruit.

  4. ptl2010 says:

    One of my commitment choruses sung at age 12.. let me burn out for thee, and I thank God for as I burn out for Him He keeps me alive for Him. .
    How the enemy loves to get us distracted and have us dilute our attention, so reduce focus on the Lord. Let us not be hood-winked but keep steady in His service. Praise the Lord He will sustain us if we abide in the Vine.

    • >> “How the enemy loves to get us distracted” – so true!
      And I think one of his methods is using busy-ness to make us believe we are achieving something, when in effect we are just using energy. We need to ensure our Christian service is in God’s will, done through His enabling and for His glory.

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