February 11, 2024 - Episode #4926


Conductor: Mack Wilberg
Organist: Andrew Unsworth

“Alleluia Fanfare/Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
Music: from Stralsund Gesangbuch
Lyrics: Joachim Neander; trans. Catherine Winkworth
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Awake and Arise, All Ye Children of Light”
Music: Welsh melody (The Ash Grove)
Lyrics: David Warner
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

Prelude on “Middlebury” (Organ Solo)
Music: Dale Wood

Music: attr. Giulio Caccini
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

The Prayer
from Quest for Camelot
Music and Lyrics: Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster

I Believe in Christ
Music: John Longhurst
Lyrics: Bruce R. McConkie
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

Spoken Word

Success That Lasts Forever

February 11, 2024

Written By: Joni Hilton
Spoken By: Lloyd D. Newell

We live in a time when people value busyness. If your schedule is full and your to-do list is long, people assume you’re living a pretty successful life. But is that necessarily so?

The answer depends on what we’ve put on that schedule and that to-do list. As author Stephen Covey said, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”[1]

If we search our hearts, many of us would say we want a close relationship with God, a happy family, good health, and good relationships. But if we don’t make time for those most important things, then before we know it, other demands of life quickly crowd them out.

Seeing that this was happening in his own life, one man decided to turn things upside down. He wrote a list of his real priorities. When he put God at the top, he realized he needed to schedule a block of time for daily prayer and scripture reading. And he decided that time needed to come first, not after dashing about all day left him too tired. No, he would let his first conversation each day be with God.

Suddenly the other things took care of themselves. Taking some time for spiritual connection improved all his other connections—with his family, coworkers, and neighbors. His life was better because his priorities were better.

Similarly, a busy woman wished she had more time to serve her neighbors, so she decided to make time. She set a daily reminder on her smartphone, calling it simply “Show a neighbor some love.” Her simple acts of love didn’t take long, but they did take a conscious choice.

When we feel dissatisfied with life, maybe our problem isn’t that we’ve failed; it’s that we’re succeeding at the wrong things. When we’re true to our highest priorities, we’re more relaxed, our thoughts are clearer, our step is lighter. We know who we are and where we’re going. When we place eternal things ahead of material things, we are on the path toward the only success that matters—success that lasts forever.

[1] Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (2004), 161.