Living Your Success

When you constantly compare yourself to others, you will always find someone ahead of you. It is easy to get discouraged when you are focused on the runners out front. However, we are not called to run the same race as everyone else. In a previous blog, I wrote about how we measure our calling, and how it is not easily quantifiable. Is success much different? The reason it is not a simple number or goal is because success is not a fixed point.

Joseph lived a life of success even though he went through some harsh times. He had success when he was sold as a slave to serve the house of Potiphar. He was then framed and thrown into jail, yet he continued to do well. It was many years later that he would finally be second in command over Egypt. However, his success was not marked by his end state. It was his perseverance in the worst times as God walked with him and a lifelong pursuit. Through God, Joseph thrived in every season.

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

1 Corinthians 3:6-8 NIV

Your friends, family, work, and ministry are what God purposed for you to have. Ultimately, God looks at what we have been given and how we use it. I have to constantly ask myself, am I being my best self at my job, relationships, and ministry? Success is daily obedience to God and letting Him lead. Are you submitting to the full authority of Christ and allowing Him to work in you each day. Without God, we are unsuccessful. God is the source of our increase and growth (1 Cor. 36-8). He is our prize and reward. Living a life of success is living a godly life. Life can get rough, but keep running heavenward in Jesus (Phil. 3:14).

- Harry H.

Leanna Wisniewski