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We put a lot of emphasis in Western society on the importance of going to college or attending an institute of higher education. Politicians argue over higher education being a fundamental human right for all people. In public school, kids are urged to plan for college from a young age. There is often a stigma attached to individuals who decide against attending these schools of higher education, because without a degree—without that piece of paper—how else can you obtain great success?

Higher education for all

It is true, higher education is required for success and all of humankind needs it, but attending a university or college is not the epitome of this success. In fact, the higher education we need to be seeking is from our Heavenly Father, the highest form of education we could ever pursue. And, many will be glad to know, this education is free for the entire world!

If we want to be successful, we need to look to the Word of God for instruction.

Consider Joshua 1:7-8 Joshua 1:7-8 7 Only be you strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded you: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.
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: “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

There is so much we can glean from just these two verses about accomplishing great things and being successful.

I want to be clear: Getting a college degree can be useful for finding a good-paying job. It helped me land my first job as a journalist. But that degree alone can only do so much for me. My success is not determined by the job I have or the money in my bank account.

We have a higher purpose, a more righteous goal put before us than racking up loads of money for ourselves.

Service with a smile

If we are searching the Scriptures and meditating on them daily, we find that success isn’t measured in how much we can gain for ourselves; it’s in what we can do for others. God’s Word shows us that (James 1:17 James 1:17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning.
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). How can we serve? What are we doing to help those who have less? Building up godly character, rather than our checking accounts, is a sure way to prosperity.

Our job today and even our job in the eventual Kingdom of God is one and the same: to serve. It’s a win-win situation if you think about it. We serve others out of love, we shun selfishness and cultivate an attitude of selflessness , and, in return, we find success and joy. God’s way is just so perfect, isn’t it?

If we want to be successful, we need to look to the Word of God for instruction (2 Timothy 3:16 2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
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), for a way of living, and, most importantly, take that Word and apply it to how we live. This is clear. “Then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8 Joshua 1:8This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.
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).