The By-Product Principle
What is the by-product principle? Certain achievements in life are acquired as the result of focused pursuit. Often, it’s the unseen and unintended results of unrelated actions (or the by-product) that allow us to achieve and attain things that are meaningful to us in life. For example, when it comes to things like success, happiness, or changing something unpleasant in our life, these things don’t usually come from us pursuing them directly; it’s the by-product of something else. This is the by-product principle. Take, for example, success, or the achievement of success. Usually, success doesn’t come because we’re striving to reach a certain level financially. Success is a by-product of excellence, hard work, dedication, and patience, and it’s the by-product of putting more important things first in our lives.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 (NKJV), “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
So if we’re seeking success, it’s always going to be elusive. But if we’re seeking after honoring and pleasing God, then God’s Word says He will add that to us. Happiness – how do you define happiness? What is happiness? What is the pursuit of happiness? We all know happiness is elusive, and the more you try to pursue this feeling of happiness, the less happy you’re going to be. Happiness is a by-product. It’s the by-product of putting others first in your life. It’s the by-product of living our lives according to what we value, and most importantly, according to what God values, because what God values becomes our values. When we align our lives around what we deem as valuable, we begin to live a life of integrity. One of the things we should value is putting the needs of others in front of our own needs. Happiness is wanting to help those who are hurting right now in Houston. As we serve and give, as we do our part in trying to alleviate the pain and suffering in someone else’s life, what will be the by-product of that? We will feel better about ourselves, and we’ll be happier.
How do we acquire change? How do we see certain things in our lives change? We can go after those things, but the by-product principle takes place as we get focused on living a more whole, complete life after God’s standards and values. Change happens as we begin to pursue living the way Christ intended. By following the example and teachings of Christ, low and behold, the by-product principle allows us to focus on positive, productive things. By doing better things in and with our life, the by-product will be the beginning of change in things that we want to change. The by-product principle is not achieved by going directly to something as much as it is going after God. And as we go after God and put those things first in our life, all of these other things begin to fall into place. I hope you will put further thought into the by-product principle. Many things we enjoy in life are not attained by going directly after them, but instead they’re the by-product of doing the right things to produce the right results in our life.
You’re God’s Best