Have you achieved your own definition of success?
Here’s how it tends to go…at least here in America where I live… First, you see in the media what seems to be the definition of success, and you measure yourself against it. When the rockstars and pro athletes and TV personalities get millions for their jobs…or models appear beautiful beyond belief, or the “stuff” is piled up on TV shopping networks, you just might feel pitifully inadequate. So you work and pour blood, sweat and tears into your days to get what those “others” have. Maybe you make it. Maybe you don’t. You only know you gotta try. After all…the beautiful people and the rich people with all the stuff must have all the fun…right?
But you are not the sum total of your dollars, beauty, or “stuff”. You’re not the sum total of the monikers you wear through this life. You’re not the sum total of the varied opinions about you. They don’t make you. Don’t let ’em break you. Here’s what I recommend…
- Work to produce…not for the money.
- Play to relax…not to escape.
- Laugh to enjoy…not to cover up.
- Love to give…not to acquire.
- And live to be thankful…not to compare.
Serve your fellow human beings. Love them as much as you are able. And make being a child of the one true, living, loving God your definition of success. You are the sum total of where you position yourself for eternity.