“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.”
(Psalm 1:1-3) NIV
According to dictionary.com: success [suhk-ses] the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
I couldn’t agree more with the definition above. Likewise, I’ve come to define true “success” as that moment when we’ve achieved the ability to hand over our futile attempts and endeavors to Jesus – and leave them in his capable hands! When we reach that kind of intimacy, that kind of trust in our Creator, the rest just seems to fall away and have much less negative impact. Successfully turning over our needs and desires to Him definitely brings about a peace that transcends ALL human understanding, and we become that person who is “like a tree planted by streams of water…” Many times, however, the fruit we yield surprises even us!
Whatever form of “success” you’re striving for today, don’t set yourself up for disaster by not believing in your full potential – or in God’s.
Don’t limit what God can do in you!
Your Creator designed you with your particular dream in mind, and He has already equipped you for the task. You possess the talents and gifts He wanted you to have – but if you listen to negative thoughts or think pursuing your dreams and passions is out of reach, then it will be. It all starts with a child-of-God attitude. Remember who you are in Christ. Again, as I mentioned in Part 2 of this series:
Pray from a heart of victory; not a spirit of defeat!
Have you considered what life would be like today if certain pivotal people in history hadn’t listened to the call of their heart and suffered through trial and error as they journeyed toward their dreams? Perhaps, we’d be left without electricity. We wouldn’t have musical scores written from renowned composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. We’d be without the humor of Erma Bombeck and Charles Schultz, and “Harry Potter” would be just another name.
When we consider His immeasurable love for us and His perfect fitting of dreams and goals to our unique qualities, we should expect nothing BUT a successful outcome. The journey toward them may be difficult, but enjoy the journey – it’s yours! Own it! It’s you and the Lord working together, and there’s something to glean from every step in the process. As you strive to witness the change in your circumstances, you’ll soon notice that the transformation takes place within you as you learn to trust completely in His plan, His timing, His faithfulness, for that is when you’ve truly reached success!
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
(Philippians 4:4-9) NIV