Sigh….deep sigh…it has been a long day, a long week. I am tired, but it has been good. God is teaching me. Stretching me. Growing me.
One of the messages at the Christian writing conference I just attended was that God does not measure success as the world does. Success is not the number of blog followers. Success is not when I am published. Success is not the amount of money in my bank account or the kind of car I drive.
I attended a church last Sunday in the town where the conference was held. My friend and I arrived two minutes before the start of the service. The parking lot was near empty. No hiding for us. We walked in and were warmly greeted by several people. The music wasn’t perfect. There were no bulletins.
The sermon was on prayer. At the end of the service, the pastor allowed for a time of silence for individual prayer. In that silence, in the company of a few, I sensed His presence. The pastor closed with a word of prayer asking God that we could all take a piece of something from that service with us. God whispered to me…. Success is not about numbers.
In a world that is so quick to equate happiness and success with money, social status, and material possessions, it is easy to lose focus on what defines success.
Doing something for you, bringing something to you-that’s not what you’re after. Being religious, acting pious-that’s not what you’re asking for. You’ve opened my ears so I can listen. Psalm 40:6 The Message
Open my ears, God, so I can listen.
Today in our leadership meeting at work, we opened with a devotional on the story of the cracked pots. The message behind the story is that beauty exists in imperfections. God can and will use us if we are willing to obey and surrender.
Our leader looked across the table at all of us and stated, “Perfection is not our goal. Staying true to our mission is.”
Okay, God…. I am listening.
Perfection and performance are not what You desire from me. It is more about obedience and willingness to listen to You, step out in faith, and trust You to guide my journey.
Looking at life through God’s view of success creates freedom from the pressures and stress of performance and perfection.
Thank You, God, for Your definition of success.