Success or failure?

I was pondering this thought early this morning.

Man’s idea of success is not always God’s idea.
Man’s idea of failure is not always God’s idea.

Let’s face it, we often measure our own success or failure based on what people think. The boss didn’t like my presentation. My co-workers didn’t like my idea. Everyone loved my joke, I must be great at telling them.

The truth is…what we consider success and failure is not always what God considers. For me as a pastor, I can let success ride on how much people liked a sermon or the number of people who show up for a service. But even that may not be successful in God’s eyes. Likewise, I might consider a lack of response or attendance to lead me to believe I have failed…when in God’s eyes I may not have!

The only way to know if we are successful or not is whether we are doing what God has called us to do. If God calls me to preach a message that people don’t want to hear…I might be a failure in the eyes of man but a success to God. Am I okay with that?

So the next time you are ready to own a success or a failure, ask yourself whose opinion are you basing it on. If it is on what other people say or think, you will be happy one moment and miserable the next. Live your life to please only One!

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