Trust Minute with Alan Heller – Emptiness of Success

Emptiness of Success

Our Trust Cannot be in Our Success

What happens when you reach the pinnacle of success and find it does not make you happy? Some people climb the ladder of success only to find out it is leaning on the wrong wall. Money and power are fleeting. Ultimately, it is not fulfilling. If it were, then we would not see so many celebrities who have money and fame committing suicide and divorcing.

Solomon said, “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.” Ecclesiastes is obsessed with this word. The New International Version of the Bible says, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

In this week’s Trust Minute, we discuss why being successful does not make us happy. 


1 John 2:16 says, “For all that is in the world, the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life, that is not from the Father but it is from the world.”
Our goal is to reflect the image of God and not the world. 

The question is, where is my value? Just as beauty is temporary, the applause of success usually is too. 

As a young girl, Pauly was recognized for her accomplishments as a dancer. The applause and success became her identity. Eventually, we turn the need for success and applause into an idol, something God tells us not to do. As Pauly says in podcast #6, “it becomes tasteless.”

Explore more on how to overcome the emptiness of success in our last blog or contact Alan today.


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