Are you successful?
What comes to mind when you think of success?
As I read my Bible this week, I pondered a few thoughts about success in an unexpected passage—Christ’s death.
Christ’s arrest, his brutal beating, and His horrific crucifixion are grievous. But His death was a success. No one took Christ’s life; he gave it up for us. Yes, His death was God’s plan for reconciliation, and it was a success. This reality reframed my view of success.
Consider Your Success
As you look at your life or work, you may question success. It depends on how you measure success. Who or what has defined success for you?
Life is a physical and spiritual gift. For me, it includes my health and personal relationships. It’s how I live out my faith, fulfillment, and more. None of these are static. We never arrive. It’s an ongoing process to maximize each day, yet I can find joy with each incremental gain.
It’s the same with success; it isn’t static. It’s not a destination. Success is an ongoing process to maximize each day to the best of our ability because success is how we live our lives today. It’s the faithful choices we make moment by moment. Can we be successful today? You bet!
Unwrap the Possibilities
You are a beautiful multidimensional person. Yet so many individuals see themselves as a role or position. As a result, we limit possibilities.
A business begins with a vision, but precedes tactics, leaving unanswered questions. The details are out of focus, so we back away, pause, or even stop. Self-preservation tells us we must retreat and go back to safety.
When God gives us an assignment, He doesn’t always give us a clear roadmap—He’s funny that way. It’s usually a walk of faith.
Moving forward without all the answers feels counterintuitive. But something incredible happens. We discover or cultivate dormant gifts that have remained trapped within comfort.
Silence the Opposition
In the last decade, there have been times that I wanted to run back to what was safe and secure. My rationalization was, “I’m not the right person.” I accepted work that wasn’t the best fit for me. It was suffocating, but it was my fault.
Our worst opposition comes from within us. It begins with a subtle thought.
Experts say, “…we have between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day, this means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute per person.”
How many of those thoughts are opposing us? We can silence the opposition.
We are God’s handiwork and equipped to fight challenges with hope. We have freedom of choice. We can choose the thoughts that serve us well and discard the thoughts that hold us back. With the power of His Holy Spirit, we can conclude that our future has incredible potential.
Your God-given purpose begins in quiet solitude. Let God unfold your story.
Celebrate Your Success
We have a precious gift–physical and spiritual life.
- Unwrap the bounty of resources within your life!
- Make the most of every opportunity.
- Let setbacks pay you tremendous dividends in resilience.
How we choose to maximize our resources and make a difference in the lives of others equals success! Celebrate your success!
Suggested Reading: Daily Resilience and How It’s Part of Your Story