“Success In Life”
That is a tough one. How do we define a successful life? Each one of us has a different view of success. The question is how our success aligns with God’s idea of success. The world values wealth, strength, beauty, health, prestige, popularity, and few other things that don’t necessarily align with God’s view of success. We can get caught up with how the world measures success. We often define success; measured by our achievements, accomplishments, or talents. This often translates to money, fame or power. But how does God define success?
Mother Teresa said. “God means everything to me”. She looked to the Lord to supply what she needed.
I am currently reading in 1 King today and it was talking about King Solomon. When Solomon became king, he didn’t ask the Lord for wealth and power, but for wisdom and discernment to lead God’s people. God was pleased by this request and granted it, giving Solomon a wise and understanding heart, more than any man had ever had before. He also gave Solomon the things he didn’t ask for—riches and honor among men
1 King 1:7-9 (NIV)
7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
Solomon took his father’s advice to heart, at least for most of his reign, and reflected on it in his writing in Proverbs: “
Proverbs 3:1-4 (NIV)
3 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.