The Failure Mentality vs The Success Mentality

Do you still remember how exciting it is to read through the Bible in search of the hidden success principles that God has specifically and purposely put in there for you to find?

For example, there are multiple key principles “hidden” away right in the midst of a story that EVERYBODY has heard of and knows about…the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15).  I’ll give you one of these principles right now…

A certain man had two sons:  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.”  Luke 15:12

This younger son had the mentality of failure…and in two words he revealed his failure mentality to the world for all to know…

Give me.  Give me.  Give me.  Give me.  Give me.  Give me.  Give me.

Perhaps as you’ve listened to people who aren’t very successful in life, you’ve noticed that they sound like a broken record as their speech keeps on repeating…”give me, give me, give me…I want somebody to give me…”

That mentality leads a person to poverty, want, and lack…that mentality leads a person to the unhappy muck and mire of the “pig-pen” of life…just as it did for the Prodigal Son.

Sadly, many people live their entire life in the “pig-pen”.  What makes it especially sad is that when they are young and able, they WANT others to “give me” out of foolishness and/or laziness.  But that WANT is a mentality that is so unhealthy that it quickly degenerates a person into a decrepit, broken-down, old person who NEEDS others to “give me” in order to survive.

You have seen it yourself…drive down the streets of any town or city and you CAN see it all around you…that 40-50 year old person who “looks” like they are 80 years old…that 40-50 year old person who should be generating the highest income of their life thus far…but instead, their foolishness and/or laziness has brought them to dependency.

But thankfully, you and I can avoid all of that misery because we have the success mentality…the mentality that the Prodigal Son FINALLY woke up to…

And when he came to himself…Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.” Luke 15:17-19

Now, we can hear the mentality of success speaking…

Make me.

Lord, help me as I put forth the effort to develop and grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

Let me SERVE.

Let me WORK.

Let me EARN the money and the good that I receive.

I no longer think that I am “entitled”.

I no longer care about status or position…that’s not important.  What’s important to me is that I want to BE a person who benefits others in a meaningful way that somehow generates good and generates money for both them and me.

This mentality led the Prodigal Son to a place where he was clothed with the BEST clothes and wore the FINEST ring…but with his newly-gained success mentality, what he “had” was no longer his focus…what he “had” was just God’s side-benefits…and what was REALLY important was what he was BEING and what he was DOING in God’s Kingdom.


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  1. Thanks Lane, God bless you, what an eye opener. From now I will focus on what I can do to benefit others in the kingdom of God rather than what I can benefit. Thank you so much for that.

  2. Lane,

    I am excited with what God can do when we wait upon Him AND SEEK His Ways. I have made up my mind that from 2011 onwards I will have Success Mentality.

    God Bless.


  3. Great teaching, thank you, new mentality that is what I really needed after
    hardships which bowed me down. God bless you Lane, and your ministry.

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