I just started reading this amazing book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson. In the first chapter he wrote,
I have a simple definition of success: Do the best you can with what you have where you are. In essence, success is making the most out of every opportunity...seizing God-oranined opportunities...at the end of the day success equals stewardship and stewardship equals success.
He goes on to explain stewardship and some of the skills it would take to become a "lion chaser." Chasing Lions, is a metaphor for whatever dream or opportunity that may scare the living daylights out of you that you need to conquer.
So what does success mean to you? For some people, their financial status is the only important thing to them when it comes to being successful. Maybe in this day and age the lives we lead (Or pretend to lead?) on social media will prove our success. It could be starting a business or working our way up the "corporate ladder." It could be being a good person or fulfilling what God has for your life. I cannot define what would make someone else feel successful but I believe it is imperative that as Christians we look at what's important to God too. I believe that God knows the desires of our heart and it is not wrong to want to live a nice life, to travel, to be financially secure, etc. We also need to know that in the end we cannot take any of those "possessions" with us- so please make sure that in your success you are doing those things that matter the most to God. Love God and Love our neighbors.
Im am guilty of getting caught up in sometimes not feeling successful b/c I don't have my dream home, dream car, dream bank account, and the list goes on. But when I actually sit down and focus on the things I DO have and the continuous blessings Ive seen God pour down on my family I know that I am successful to God and really thats all the matters. I know that I have MUCH more work to do. I need to shed my fears and step out to seize those God-ordained opportunities.
In closing I came up with my own list of what success looks like to me (trust some areas are a working progress-I definitely don't have it all figured out):
1. Love and Serve God
2. Being a wife that supports and uplifts my husband
3. Being a mom who loves and teaches my children to Love the lord/Raising kids who add positively to the world around them
4. Financially secure- debt free, being smart with my money and not trying to keep up w/ others
5. Being the type of person I can be proud of; kind, loving, forgiving, open, helpful, friendly, hospitable
6. Conquering the Fears in my life
7. Travel, go on Mission trips, and be able to volunteer as much as I want