In the bustling world we find ourselves in, it is easy to complicate the equation that leads us to a fulfilled life. But living a life of joy is simple, and it is rooted in the perfect will of The Lord.


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“You can’t have a happy family life and a successful career at the same time,” or so the saying goes.

But it this true? Do people actually live their lives thinking this? How sad.

The Lord promises to provide for and take care of those who seek Him.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” says Paul in Romans 8:28.

If this is so, then why can’t a person have a great life at home and be successful? It takes a great deal of hard work to make this idea a reality, but don’t be fooled: without faith you will struggle to have it all.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight,” says Solomon, Son of David, King of Israel, in Proverbs 3:5-6.

The Lord wants to take care of us and He has our best interests in mind; He did make us all individually, after all.

All He asks for us in return is to have faith in Him, to acknowledge and submit to Him as the creator of all things.

I understand that people believe there are some folks out there who seem to not be as “lucky” as others. Quite frankly, I do not believe in luck. I believe in the perfect plan of God.

I do not believe in coincidence, either. I believe in divine intervention and God’s perfect work in our lives.

“As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all those who take refuge in Him,” says King David in Psalms 18:30.

Seldom do you find people who really love going to work, but they understand that it needs to be done in order to financially support themselves and their spouses.

That does not mean you cannot be successful and like what you do.

Being successful takes hard work, long nights, lots of meetings and lots of thought, but if you support the cause of the work the Lord has situated you in, you can find joy in the work you do and make your works beneficial and pleasing to Him.

Finding happiness at home with the family is quite different from finding joy in a successful career.

There should be no worry about an unhappy family life if the focus and goals of the family are Christ-centered.

If there is support, patience, love and the willingness to sacrifice for your spouse, it would be difficult to run into problems big enough to ruin/break up relationships.

Working together with your spouse, remaining focused on growing with each other in the Kingdom of God, and supporting each other in every decision you make, trusting that the Lord will provide and having faith in God’s plan are the keys to being completely full of joy with your partner.

You are this way because you know that it is by God’s doing you are with him/her.

God purposely puts people in our lives to help us learn, grow and find out what type of partner would be best for each of us personally.

Trust that God has put the right person into your life and know that God has a plan for you and him/her.

There is a way to have a successful career and be happy with the family. The answer is Christ.

By David Long

David Long is a staff journalist for MBU Timeline. He is a junior who is majoring in General Communications Studies. Long is the captain of the MBU Mens Golf Team and has been a member of it for 3 years. Born and raised in Goshen, Ind., Long now lives just south of Asheville in Rutherford County, N.C.. He plans on pursuing a career as a golf professional after he graduates. Long will be the president and founder of Phi Lambda Phi, the first men's fraternity at MBU.