July 26, 2013 by ReeknittingwordswithGod
Sunset at Lake Success (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
11 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.
suc·cess (sk-ss) (Free Dictionary.com)
1. The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: attributed their success in business to hard work.
a. The gaining of fame or prosperity: an artist spoiled by success.
b. The extent of such gain.
3. One that is successful: The plan was a success.
4. Obsolete A result or an outcome.
A popular interview question. How do you define success? What makes you feel successful? Then we are tasked with making it personal, meaningful, relevant and relatable. The response reminded me of who I am in God and the purpose and renewed aim of my life.
I do not consider myself successful! There are far too many things I have not seen and just as many that remain undone. Success for me clearly hinges upon things that I cannot predict , plot or plan. Any idea of Earthly success bears little or no weight. Faithful success for me means doing as directed by God with the understanding that there will be future rewards. Rewards that have little to do with what is eaten, worn, held or visible right now.
Tangible visible victories appear in the smiles on faces where recent tear tracks are still evidenced. A hat warmed head where moments before cold air raised bumps and a neck now wrapped in warmth. Proud grins on the faces of young people who have exceeded what they believe they could do encouraged by a kind word and interested spirit.
Each and every one of us is able to define success in ways that either appease the world or that please God! As for me, Lord I await my heavenly jewel encrusted crown and the words “Well done!”
Making His praise glorious!
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