I hear it, read it, and find myself saying it all the time. I just want to be successful! We all have dreams and desires and ideas of what success is but we need to take a step back and ask ourselves, how is the success you dream of being defined? What are you allowing to tell you what is and isn’t success?
The world we live in says success is through building a “me” platform, one that glorifies the work of humans. The world also defines success as having a lot of money, the perfect body, the cleanest home, the most beautiful family, and the best vacations. Basically the more we have the more successful we are. Says the world. If you look at the influences around us social media, magazines, T.V shows, the elaborate stores, they all tell us we need more and we need to be perfect. So many of us subscribe to these ideas and definition of success because we’re surrounded by it 24/7 but we come up feeling short.
If we remove ourselves from a worldly perspective and seek new vision in what God says about success our ideas and definition and striving would be redirected. It is simply exhausting trying to be successful by worldly definition. It leaves no room for vulnerability or being real and it can hinder us from real connections.
God does not view any of these worldly things as success. You cannot take a single earthly think with you when you leave this world. So why are we focused on storing up earthly rewards and earthly bank accounts when this time here is so short. Our focus should be on God’s definition of success and bringing glory to Him.
God calls us to follow His will for our life and to do in a joyful way. He also calls us to love each other and to serve each other. Through these things comes great joy. God also calls us to use our talents He gave us to glorify Him and greater his Kingdom. This brings about true, all fulfilling joy.
None of these Godly callings describe success as working to build a self promoting platform which we can so often get wrapped up in. Do not let the world define your success and steal your joy. Work for the Lord in all you do and He will fulfill you. Remember that the worldly standards are nearly impossible to reach and even if you do, you will come up feeling short. Change your perspective and know that what you are doing does not need to be defined by the world. Know this, YOU have a calling and a talent to share and the world needs it. Don’t let the worldly definition of success define how you feel about yourself.