Throwback Monday (um…that’s not actually a THING). Here’s a great thought for all of us now, from Kris back then (2006ish?)…
i just finished – quite possibly – the best book I’ve read. I’m sad its over. The book ends with a charge of sorts. It challenged me to consider my definition of true success. And, i dont meant the definition that i spout out when asked, but instead, the meaning i live by. How will my life be measured? How did i see success?
Well, now that all has been said, I hope you have a more biblical and less twenty-first-century American view of success. Success is who you are, not what you collect.
Success is not merely that you succeed but what you succeed at. It is not that you achieved but what you achieved. It is that God is pleased with you, not that man is impressed by you. It is not about temporal happiness but lasting joy–that you have character to be respected, not mere popularity to be envied. This country had made a lifestyle of selling out to the former to achieve the latter.
One requires talent; the other, character and perseverance. One is of man; the other is of God. Human achievement fades quickly. True nobility is preserved in the memories of the next generations. It is called greatness. And when this is fleshed out in a human being in perfect flawlessness, it is the Person of Jesus Christ–God in the flesh. Our level of success will be exactly determined by how close we come to His likeness.
“The memory of the righteous is blessed” Proverbs 10:7
(taken from: The 12 Essentials of Godly Success by Tommy Nelson)