How is success measured? Too often our world evaluates being accomplished in terms of performance. Society, as a whole, places actors, athletes, professionals, the rich, the famous and the influential all on pedestals. What we consider successful is too often based on cultural norms. However, how we calibrate success is ultimately a personal choice.
The apostles would probably be surprised to find they have been placed on pedestals. They would likely not understand today’s ideas of being a winner. Jesus taught an entirely different metric. His measuring stick was based on obedience, on truth, on kindness and love. We all get to choose how we define success. So, what is the metric you use?
“My child, if you truly want a long and satisfying life, never forget the things that I’ve taught you. Follow closely every truth that I’ve given you. Then you will have a full, rewarding life. Hold on to loyal love and don’t let go, and be faithful to all that you’ve been taught. Let your life be shaped by integrity, with truth written upon your heart. That’s how you will find favor and understanding with both God and men— you will gain the reputation of living life well.” Proverbs 3:1-4 TPT
““Don’t keep hoarding for yourselves earthly treasures that can be stolen by thieves. Material wealth eventually rusts, decays, and loses its value. Instead, stockpile heavenly treasures for yourselves that cannot be stolen and will never rust, decay, or lose their value. For your heart will always pursue what you value as your treasure.” Matthew 6:19-21 TPT
Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. Francis Chan
It is not your business to succeed, but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God. C.S. Lewis
We all face challenges and adversities. It is our choice whether or not to do the right thing. #musingsofamilkman