Amy Troyer | Director of Special Needs Ministry
What does success look like? The world defines success mainly by measuring the amount of wealth, power, and popularity a person obtains in this world. It focuses on what is fleeting and passing and not on what is lasting and eternal.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
It’s easy to think you are successful if things go well. It is also easy to feel like a failure when they don’t. None of those things, good or bad, define your success. True success is about believing, loving, and obeying God, and representing that as you live each moment. How do we do that? By digging deeper into God’s Word daily and allowing Him to do His transforming work in us.
When Joshua and the Israelites were getting ready to go into the promised land, God told them:
“Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:7-8)
We all desire to be successful and have an impact on the world around us, but you don’t need a special platform to do that. Your success story is not a play on a stage for the whole world to see. Your success story is written on your heart and focusing on that which is eternal rather than on the temporary. Any degree of victory or success we achieve should be traceable back to the grace of God working in us, for our good and His glory. No amount of earthly success will ever be better than hearing the words from Jesus, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”