“When I’m walking in His calling for my life, ‘success’ has a very different definition.” This statement by Pepper Basham skipped around in my heart until I was finally asking myself—What is ‘success’ to God? How does it differ from the view in my mind?
In this life perspective is everything. Two people can be staring at the same piece of art and glean vastly different interpretations. How often does that happen with us and God? Like when I was a teen and volunteered in church. At first it was new and fresh, but then it turned monotonous. But where I had begun to view it as a task or chore, God saw it as an opportunity to share His love, His message.
You see, totally different.
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”
Oh friend, there is so much in that verse. First to give over our works to the Lord. It’s so easy to hover over our endeavors, be the master of our own handiwork, but there’s something freeing in releasing them to the One who, in reality, gave you the ability to complete the work in the first place. When you hand it over, you’ll find it’s for your benefit and others. Like pruning a fruit tree to bear even more. If we hold onto our fruit, we’ll never grow, never produce like He intended us to.
Then He’ll cause our thoughts to become agreeable to His will. What if our desires could mesh with His, our vision blending so we could see from His viewpoint? When that occurs then…our plans are established and succeed. It all works together in a beautiful fluid motion. When we see from his perspective success takes on a whole new meaning.
For example, down here in Rachel-land, success had meant fabulous things like a promotion for hubby, paying off our mortgage, and oh, landing that a book contract or ten ;). But even if I gain all those things on earth…heaven is silent. Yes, God doesn’t object to blessing His children, (every good gift comes from Him, James 1:17) but what stirs the roar of rejoicing in heaven? The conversion of the heart. Where we place value on perishable things He places worth on something eternal, bought by the blood of His Son- the human soul.
In James, mankind is referred to as the precious fruit of the earth. Oh, if we only comprehended the expansive love He directs toward us. I want to get to that place where it’s no longer what I want, but what He wants. For His will to be done through my life. For His compassion to flow through my actions. For His words to flow through my voice. In writing, for His words to flow through my fingertips.
And at the end of it all, to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
That my friend, is success.
*Pepper Basham’s statement was taken from The Writer’s Alley blog. If you’re interested in fabulous posts about writing and life click here. *
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