Further thoughts on ‘success’

While you are in school, I’d encourage you to think about these things. In what ways are you exposed to the inclination to think that school is all about you? How can you take opportunities to use your education to serve others? What can we do to maintain a right view on the meaning of higher education? Let us be careful not to think of ourselves higher than we ought. How can we be reminded that economic status really doesn’t change our worth in God’s eyes?

Remember to lift your eyes up to the heavens to find your source of direction. Pause to listen. Be quick to obey. Encourage your fellow believers on the journey. Make time for things that really do have eternal value.

Personally, I am coming to the realization that the legacy I leave will be in the way I lived, how I made decisions, who I interacted with, and what I spent time and resources on.  Maybe I won’t have a resume that will have people talking. If I have to surrender some things to the Lord and allow Him to give me new dreams and a fresh vision, then I want to be willing to do that. It’s not easy for me to submit some of these things to Him because there have been and will be disappointments and embarrassments.

When we let Him, He is able to do surprising things in our hearts and with our character. (Yes, He can do it whether or not we are cooperative, but sometimes He chooses to wait until we are.) It won’t always immediately segue into opportunities that will impress our peers. Some decisions will be hard. (Gulp.) Some desires might be painful to walk away from. God’s best truly is the most we could hope for, even when it excludes some of the things on our most wanted list.

Friends, 1 Corinthians 4:2 says, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

Success from God’s vantage point is measured, in part, by our willingness to live faithfully with what He has given, in all circumstances seeking Him and trusting He will provide what is needed.


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