Success means different things to different people. Success for you might be a good paying job, a loving spouse, 2.5 kids, a dog and a house with a white picket fence. But success for someone else might look very different, maybe they're a freelance artist working hard to find jobs to bring in just enough money to pay bill and cover the rent for a 'shoebox' bachelor apartment, but they are doing what you love.
The little details that help us define success are unique for each of us but we are all 'feeding out of the same troff'! Ok, think about it, we all live in a society that influences and shapes us into the people we are. If we think for a minute about how society defines success I think most of us would talk about the white picket fence example. I remember as a child being told that I needed to work hard in school, although my parents were looking out for my best interest I wonder if the underlying message was "you need to work hard at school in order to get into post secondary education because you need that to be successful in life". Can you blame them? I know my parents wanted what was best for me and only encouraged me because they loved me and they were doing what they thought was best.
I suppose it would be safe to say that I struggle with this concept of success, I mean, who really defines success? What does it really look like? How is success defined here on earth? But ultimately, how does God define success? It's one thing to have worldly success, and whatever that looks like for you I encourage you to achieve it so long as it alines with God's definition of success. Let me guess, your asking...how does God define success anyway? Well lets look at this a little further.
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