Motivators have developed a formula for success composed of the acronym A.P.E. - Attitude, Preparation, Effort. Those who are dedicated to having the right attitude, are well-prepared, and put forth great effort put themselves on the pathway to success. This formula is not just for sports teams or businesses; spiritual accomplishment is based on the same principles.

Attitude - The Bible often speaks of the blessings which come to those who have the right attitude. Phillemon 2:5 says, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” What follows is a description of how Jesus emptied himself of privilege and humbled himself in service to his Father.

Preparation - Jesus said, “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight. And be like men who are waiting for their master,” Luke 12:35 - 36. Hebrews 11:7 speaks of Noah, “By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household.” Without the preparation, Noah and his family would have been swept away by the flood like the rest of the world. Jesus referred to the rest of the world, “In those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Effort - Without doing the work, the best plan will fall short. James 2:17 tells us, “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” Jesus prayed shortly before his death, “I glorified thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which thou hast given me to do.” We need to say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith,” II Timothy 4:7.