Redefine Success. Lesson 29 of 40
I have learned to redefine success and ditch what the world told me. This lesson has really hit home for me the last few years. I reflect on my life and it did not go as planned. It would be easy for me to say it hasn’t been successful. However, that’s just not the truth. My life is successful because I am doing what God has called me to do. That’s as simple as it gets for a definition, but it can be a challenge to live out. Truth is, when you say yes to God, that yes leads you to carrying your cross.
That yes leads you to a place of death
Death to self
Death to your own agenda
Death to things you could have done that would have caused the world to applaud you and call you successful.
I also realize if I am not careful, I can abort what God has told me to do if it doesn’t become a “success” in my prescribed time frame. If I don’t guard my heart, the response of others can make me second guess if I am truly successful.
I have been a stay at home mom for the last 14 years. My duties can be summed up to tending to my husband, children, and house. Nothing glamorous about that. However, I have had to remind myself to keep my eyes on Jesus and look to Him to define true success. How about you? Are you struggling with this truth? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.
Isaiah 55: 8-9 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.