So… this morning, a friend of mine… someone i am still getting to know… posted something on Facebook that upon reading led to a quick roll of the eyes. Yes… i engaged in the ever so mature action of rolling my eyes.
What was this bit of text on screen that warranted a roll of my eyes?
Probably something ridiculous, right?
Well… it was a piece of scripture… a bible verse… taken from Proverbs:
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:3 (New International Version)
Yes… i rolled my eyes at scripture… and to tell the truth… i felt completely justified in doing so. And here’s why.
I am a co-owner of a business… a business that creates media for churches. A business who’s primary focus and goal is to serve God and serve people through the production of media. I would definitely say what we do, the direction of our hearts and who we are falls under the “Commit to the LORD whatever you do” category… yet our “plans” don’t seem to be succeeding. And ends aren’t meeting as easily as they once did. So, when i read that scripture my immediate, very cynical, response was… yes… a rolling of my eyes.
Poor me, right? Poor us… riiiiiiight?
Hey, i am not saying i was justified in rolling my eyes and having that cynical attitude… i was just explaining to you why.
Now let me share with you how i felt just moments later… and where i sit now.
The truth of it all is that the verse does NOT say “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your bills will be paid and your bank account will get fat” it says “your plans will succeed”…
So, the question is, perhaps, what’s my definition of success?
That’s what i need to redefine… What does being successful look like? If you were to ask me point blank i would tell you what i honestly believe success is and you would never hear me talk about money. But right now… when ends aren’t meeting as easily as they maybe once did… my head and heart (or maybe my heart and my wallet) are having a hard time connecting. So now more than ever, i have to strive to keep my eyes focused on what God is doing and line myself with Him and His economy and define my success in a way that is not tied to cash flow or a “bottom-line”. I need to live out what i truly believe in my heart regardless of finances.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
John 10:10 (New American Standard Bible)
I will not let my spirit be crushed or “killed” and my joy be stolen from me.
I WILL work on daily redefining my definition of success and finding the joy offered to me in all circumstances.
What about you? How are you defining success these days?