“Success” has long been the accepted goal in this world. Our educational system rewards “success” from start to finish. We love hearing “success” stories about someone who has made it big. We want to be “successful” ourselves.
Mastering highly marketable techniques or skills seems to be at the heart of “success”. A professional athlete needs to master skills that the team wants in order to be “successful”. A “successful” teacher, preacher, or whatever has mastered the techniques of the profession that are in demand.
This “success” is not wrong. We celebrate it at the time of graduation, promotion, and during sports playoffs. But being overly “success oriented” can cause problems. The quest for “success” has gone too far when a person views self-worth and the worth of others simply in terms of “success”. If nothing matters but “success”, and a person is willing to do whatever it takes to be “successful”, there is a real problem. Then everyone is valued only in terms of how “successful” they are.
Success that is truly lasting and satisfying is something other than what is described above. Success, in this sense, comes by focusing on being successful in relationship with God rather than focusing solely on being “successful” in relationship with the world. There are no techniques or skills to be marketed, just thanks to give and all that one is and has to be developed and used as God provides and guides. The truly successful person begins by viewing his or her very life as God’s, to be managed for Him, under His guidance. God gets the glory for anything that is achieved. That person might or might not be “successful” in the eyes of the world. That’s not what matters. What matters is living and growing in a close working relationship with God.
As you consider your life and direction, would you call yourself successful? If you don’t believe you are successful, all you need do is thank God for allowing you the use of all you are and all you have, and then ask Him to guide you in managing it well for Him. No matter what, you will always have enough to do this. I guarantee it. Congratulations on your success! Keep up the good work!
Spreading, Serving and Sharing With You,