I'm an evangelist and I would be lying if I didn't say at times I have dreamt about having the size of ministry others may have, and of seeing the number of people coming to faith in Christ that others do - to a certain point there is nothing wrong in wanting to be better at what we do, to improve and it's right to desire to be the best we can be. However we would be missing a very big point if we neglected to realise that some people are where they are because that's where God has put them and that God has given them the gifts and sustainability to do what he has called them to do.
a lot of peoples eyes to be successful means to be: Wealthy, have a good Job, drive a nice car, be popular, have nice holidays, and for some getting lots of 'Likes' or 'retweets' on social media gives them a 'success' boast!
In fact many of our TV shows now are about seeing if 'YOU' are the next big thing. It's about climbing the ladder to the top of 'success' - but what happens when you reach the top? Where do you go then? There have been many so called stars that have reached the 'top' only to find out that the only way to go is down. They are hit with loneliness, guilt, and despair. The only way they can find to cope is through some kind of abuse through drugs and alcohol and for some in a very short space of time they have lost their 'fame' and in some cases, tragically, they loose their lives. World renown evangelist Billy Graham once said 'Success is always dangerous, and we need to be alert and avoid becoming the victims of our own success. Will we influence the world for Christ, or will the world influence us?'
One thing we can be sure of is that this life on earth is temporary. Any so called 'success' we have here on earth will soon be gone once we step into eternity. The bible makes it very clear that if we are to have real peace, hope, joy, truth, and freedom in our lives, it starts with our relationship with God, and sharing that relationship with others. The bottom line in regard to being successful in our lives is about learning who God created us to be and doing what he's called us to do and keeping that our aim.
It's not always easy though, for me, sometimes 'success' is just about carving out the time to spend with God on a daily basis - but then we're into priorities - maybe I'll look at that next time!
What do you class as 'success?' Leave a comment below - I'd love to know!