The Pen Project Volume 1 Issue 2 - Page 60

What does success mean to you? What will it take for you to feel fulfilled in life? If you follow cultural expectations blindly and pursue wealth and power of fame simply because you think that is what you are supposed to want, you will feel empty and meaningless. If you lack the connection to your own personal values, then you will wake up one day having achieved your goals but feel disconnected from yourself. If you acquire a fortune but measure prosperity according to the amount of money in the bank, you will never meet your deepest needs. what is success? by Frederick Herrington You can begin to know what success means only by first taking apart the cultural view that maybe you have been living by and start examining it to determine if they really ring true. Luxury cars, large houses, marriage, and money in the bank are some ways people (society) generally view a symbol of ‘so-call’ success. Often, people will pursue these popular traps without really knowing why. Some people have gotten caught in the roller coaster of ‘keeping up with Joneses’ or ‘Smiths and Kardashians.’ When success is pursued as proof of your worthiness, you are giving your life and efforts over to the assessment of others. You need to deal with your insecurities and low self-esteem by getting a proper view of yourself from God not man. You don’t have to pursue material things to cover your shame or self-esteem. Just know there is nothing wrong with having things, but it is wrong for things to have you. There is no universal definition of success. Everyone has their individual vision of what it means to be fulfilled. For some people success might be earning enough money to retire or coach their child’s basketball game/winning. To others it might resemble daily rewards or accomplishments to measure success. Maybe it is raising responsible children, losing weight, or being a loving parent/grandparent. It could be making a difference in the lives of the poor or those in need. It could be so many things. Although these things are not necessary bad, we need to be careful to find our true success in God. We are a constellation of people, each holding our own place on this earth with different talents, gifts, and passions that God has given us. When we tap into our God given purpose (calling) and walk in it, then I believe you are walking in success. According to the Bible, true success is nothing this world could offer, but the success is knowing Christ intimately. Read Philippians 3:3-8 below: What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ-yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:8-11). 60