What Defines Success?

I don’t believe there is a person on the planet who wants to be considered a failure. Unfortunately, there are many who feel they have failed and even more that have a wrong perspective of success. Please allow me to explain myself.

For many, success is having more than everyone else around them. A better job, a bigger house, a nicer car, and being a person that others just wish they could be like. We live in a very competitive culture where everyone is fighting for top dog, wants to win the lottery, and just simply believes that bigger is better. The more I have the more successful I have become. Unfortunately, many who have chased this idea of the American dream have discovered that it has little to do with success or true happiness.

Then there are those who just stay busy. They want others to see their many accomplishments and popularity. They want be a part of every club, win every type of award, and surround themselves with trophies that make them feel better about themselves. It’s as if life is one big pageant and they have to win the crown. After all, we all know there can only be one winner and the rest are losers.

We don’t say that, but that’s the way culture presents it. Only problem with this is it would mean not everyone can achieve success. After all, there is only one champion and we can’t win every competition. So, this measure of success leaves many feeling unsuccessful.

Finally, there are those who think that success is all about who works the hardest. If I just try harder and spend longer hours working harder success will come. Sorry, but worker harder alone does not determine success. I actually think many try hard every day to accomplish great things only to still feel empty, sized up by humanity, and still feeling like a failure. This brings me to this very important question we all must wrestle with, “What Defines Success?” I think I’ve got a good idea if you’re interested.

Success is relative to who you are, where you are, and what God has called you to do in this life. In other words, success is going to look different in each of our lives, but the process is the same for everyone. Success according to God’s word is completely dependent upon you surrendering everything to God. This is more than you just asking God for His blessing, but a sincere act of the heart.

(Proverbs 16:3) says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” In other words, seek His way, His path, and His will in your everyday life.

This and this alone is the measure of success. My dad used to sing a song when I was a child that said, “When it’s all been said and it’s all been done. He will ask you, “Did you go my way child? Did you know my son?” The “He” being referred to here is God our creator, the one who breathed life into us all, and has destined each of us for greatness.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Too many times we take the present and the future into our own hands. We determine our own measure of success and we march to the beat of our own drum. But, the Bible is clear that at the end of this life we will each give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore, only what God thinks will matter in the end and measure success.

When you die, it won’t matter how much money you have in the bank. It won’t matter how many friends thought you were a success. But, your success will be determined by what God told you to do and your response to His orders. Did you go where He wanted you to go, do what he wanted you to do, and say what He wanted you to say?

Maybe in the past you’ve done things your way and tried to play your own God. My friend, God is rich in mercy and is more than willing to forgive your sin. You can turn things over to God right now and begin a new journey. But, if you let this world determine your definition of success you will end up brokenhearted and disappointed in the end.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3

Join Pastor Craig Sundays 9:15 or 11am @ Refuge Church located at 203 Eddie Chasteen Dr, Walterboro. Come as you are, Never leave the same!

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