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What is "Success" Anyway?

Many people do not understand KCA’s mission. Judged by worldly values of success and prestige, which are embraced by many within the Church, KCA and its students may not seem worthy of support. In the eyes of our “bigger is better” numbers-driven society, both KCA and its students do not measure up. However, as a recent Board candidate said in his interview, “Success is not measured by numbers, but by faithfulness in doing the right thing no matter what.”

This man said that he runs his business by this definition of success -– not running it by numbers but by what is moral, honest, and fair. As a true Christian businessman, he said he trusts that the Lord will bless his efforts to serve others with integrity. If he would compromise his Christian convictions in order to be successful according to the numbers, he would consider himself a failure. Perhaps this is simply a restatement of Jesus’ words: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you” or perhaps, “What does it benefit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?”

The board candidate also had a message for those who place their faith in numbers: despite your current numbers, your future is in God’s hands; there is no guarantee that you will be able to sustain those numbers another year no matter how big and powerful you seem to be at the moment. He could appreciate KCA because we recognize and acknowledge our utter dependence on God for our future. The plan is to conscientiously do the right things and trust God for the outcomes.

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