Do you want to achieve success? If so, maybe it’s time to realize two life-changing truths that lead to enjoying a successful life.
- You Will Not Experience True Success Until You Define It For Yourself
- Your Definition and God’s Definition of Success Are Meant To Match
I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t want to be successful,
but very few people have actually spelled out success for themselves.
But if you don’t … you have no way of knowing you achieved it.
Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
Oddly enough, much of the time we are unaware of and don’t celebrate our successes simply because we have not bothered to define success for ourselves. And once we do, we don’t experience what we imagined because it doesn’t match God’s idea of success for our lives.
Have you defined success for yourself?
The root of the word success in the Hebrew is Sakal – to make or act prudent, understand, be wise, to prosper. These words all relate to an action. So, it seems success is based on an action.
So here’s an action for you to consider and get you started … someone once said things that get written down get done. I find that for me, this is true.
Even God tells the apostle, John, something about writing things down during his exile on the island of Patmos.
Write down what you have seen –
both the things that are now happening
and the things that will happen.
I’m not sure about John’s memory, but perhaps God knew that if John didn’t write things down we wouldn’t know or hear or read all he intended for us. Writing things down helps us remember what needs to be done now and what we are to do in the days to come. Writing things down is an action that organizes, guides, and informs us.
So, writing down your idea of success helps you take aim at and hit your target by helping you organize your thoughts around ideas and specific steps (actions). Writing down what success means to you helps define, prioritize, and keeps you moving forward on a certain path.
And as you review what has happened over time, you are reminded of the progress you’ve made. Honestly, without this clarity success may come and go and you may remain unaware and unamazed.
Have you written down your definition of success?
Insight Into Success
God wants success for you! Do you believe it?
If you’re in a place where you’re not experiencing success as you’ve imagined it there may be a reason. Like in all things, we can gain insight into succes from scripture. This is what God tells Joshua as he prepares to move forward in his own God-designed purpose of leading the Israelites into the Promised Land.
Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you. No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you … I will not fail you or abandon you.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.
Joshua 1: 3, 5-7
Just like he did for Joshua, God has given you a place in this life—a purpose. He will be there with you just as he was with Joshua. He will not fail or abandon you. But, you must obey. And, here’s a good thing to remeber—bedience is not just an Old Testament law—obedience is an act of loving surrender. And as always, obeying God is in your best interest.
Achieving Success From God’s Perspective
What I learn from this scripture – Joshua’s story – is that if we want true success in our lives we must ask God what success looks like for us from his perspective. Based on what God told Joshua, it might just come down to these issues:
- Trust – I will not fail or abandon you. If God promises not to fail or abandon us as we accept his calling on our lives, why would we not trust him? We would have no reason to fear – we can be strong and very courageous knowing and believing—trusting him. If you know your God-designed purpose, do you trust that he is with you?
- Obedience – Obey the instructions given you. Once received, we get to decide whether or not we will obey. Obedience is an ongoing, perpetual choice. And like I said before—an act of surrender. An act of love.
It’s really just that simple.
Are you willing to trust and obey your way to success?
As you go about your week, take time to define what success in life is to you. Write it down. Then, as you study and meditate and pray God’s word, ask what he says success in your life looks like. Write it down. Do the two definitions align?
Once you’ve come into agreement, trust God to go with you and write down what you need to do or change today and in the future to obey his instructions along the way.
I’d love for you to share comments about this post and what you may have learned and can apply to your life!
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