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Friday, 21 February 2014

ARE YOU A SUCCESS OR FAILURE?

 
Lying down for the afternoon, my dog's definition of success.

 "Therefore we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him."                                          2 Corinthians 5:9

Are you a success or failure? Well it is going to depend on how you define success? Our world often defines success as having financial security, having a great job that you love, having a great spouse, wonderful kids, fantastic friends, looking attractive, etc. Sure that's nice and who wouldn't want those things and more.

Even if those things do happen for you, does that make you a success? It can be easy to feel like a success BUT in Gods' eyes are you? What about when the plans, goals and dreams don't work out.


Perhaps your job is boring, you may have thought you would be married by now but you're not, your relationship with your spouse is less than ideal, your kids seem to be running wild, perhaps you have had a diagnosis of a long term illness, or like Joni Eareckson Tada {www.joniandfriends.org} your life is now confined to a wheelchair. Your dream, is just that, a dream, are you now no longer successful?

The beautiful and most wonderful thing about God is that no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, no matter how frustrating and annoying or exciting and useful we can always, every second of every day be a success before God. Just as we are, rich or poor, young or old, literate or illiterate, healthy or ill, we can be a success in God's eyes. Because I believe that His definition of success is posed in this question, "Did I please God today?" As Paul says in the bible quote, it should be our "ambition" to please the Lord.

Choosing to please God does NOT depend on my circumstances, it does NOT depend on other people. What it does depend on is God and me. I, as a believer can choose to please God and God enables me by strengthening me through his Holy Spirit, I certainly can't do it in my own strength.

If you are wondering what pleasing God looks like, according to the Bible it is showing and growing the fruit of  the Spirit in your life. Fruit like, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control. {Galations 5:22} and to NOT be involved with immorality, impurity, sorcery, outbursts of anger, envying, drunkenness, etc.

I find that when I choose to please God, through His help and abandoning my own thoughts of success, God fills me with a real sense of peace and contentment. Pleasing God, releases me from feelings of failure, or emptiness that I otherwise would have to contend with if I allowed my own or this worlds definitions of success to guide me. Pleasing God is a truth that I need to think on every day, its a long term plan. That's my challenge for those who follow Christ, are you choosing to please God every day, with God's help, is that success for you? And for those who do not follow Christ, how do you define success? Is it working for you?

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