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The 20th Century produced many outstanding writers. One whose literary accomplishment stands as a living monument is the pastor, newspaper columnist and author, John R. Gunn (1877-1956). On a wide variety of subjects he left us an abundance of messages that warm the soul and touch the heart.

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Solomon's Complaints

November 25, 2010

According to all wordly estimates, Solomon was the most successful man of his time. Yet he complains of vexation and disappointment.

"He was not the only successful man to utter such a complaint", writes columnist John R. Gunn. "Rarely, if ever, does success yield to satisfactions that were anticipated."

Do you remember the master's parable of the, so called, successful man? We have a description of this man in Christ's own words, I will pull down my barns and build greater and there I will bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, soul thou has much goods layed up for many years. Take thine ease; eat, drink and be merry. The world says of such a man, you're a great success. But God said to him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee.

Every normal man inspires to succeed in his chosen career and that's a healthy ambition, but there are two things to remember. First, the game must be played according to the rules or the prize will be a reproach. Second, there are no abiding satisfactions in life, except they are found in the deeper things of the spirit.

Success in your chosen field is a good and fine thing to strive for, but seek ye first the Kingdom of God.

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