“Success”. Success is a common term used to define whether or not a person has “made it” in life. People say things like “Oh, he looks like a successful businessman wearing a suit like that” or “She’s really successful because she’s sold a lot of albums/books or makes a lot of money doing what she does.” More often than not success is associated with how much money a person makes rather than the actual accomplishments or goals they’ve achieved in their lifetime. We’re a society consumed with comparing ourselves to others, rather than focusing on ourselves as individuals and celebrating the little things in life that we so often brush off as unimportant. To one person, a success can be defined as going to the grocery store to purchase the items that they need and find that they’re on sale but to another person a success can be achieving a personal goal like losing those last five pounds or driving after being in a terrifying car wreck that’s left them too scared to drive another car. Success is really just an accomplishment or an achievement of a goal, but that can be just about anything you can think of.
I’m wondering what it would be like if we stopped focusing on the outward, public successes like the things that the world says make us successful like: having x amount of followers, likes, or views on social media or you’re only successful if you have this, this and this, or make x amount of money per month/year. What if we started focusing on the little successes in life again, like the little kid learning to ride a bike, or a toddler learning to walk and taking their very first steps? Working with little kids day in and day out, it’s those little successes that make me happy and keep me excited about what I do because I get to experience those things with them as they happen. I get to celebrate those successes with them that help build them up and make them proud of themselves for the things that they’ve done. When you get to the ages of kids in middle school – high school, and even elementary school now, the successes soon become artificial versions or imitations of true successes that eventually don’t mean anything once the popularity and hype has worn off.
I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with wanting to be successful at something, I think it’s a great thing to want to be great at something. But I also think that the best kind of success isn’t always within the material things like Instagram followers or how many likes you can get on a post. I believe the best kind of success is finding ways to better yourself or help others to better themselves in any way possible. I want to succeed at being able to use the tools that I’ve been given to give back to others, and to also grow in those gifts that I’ve been given.The successes that I want to achieve are reaching people for the kingdom of God or being the hands and feet of Christ by volunteering for outreaches or services that help those in need or are less fortunate than I am. If we use the term successful in regards to money like we so often do, we are all more successful than anyone in the third world countries that struggle to have enough food for one day or find clean water to drink. We all live such a cushioned life compared to others in this world because we have all of the things and more that other people only dream of. We throw away or waste the things that we don’t want or need, and we have food instantly at our disposal at every corner while others are struggling just to live another day.
Success can be defined in many different ways by anyone you meet, but these are the ways that I’ve chosen to define success. Yes, I am working towards getting my viewership up on my blog, and I’m also working towards finding ways to make money in creative ways like so many others have been successful using. But I’m also relearning to find success in the small things in life that I’ve forgotten or brushed off as unimportant because the world says there are other things more important that can be defined as successful. Success comes in all shapes and sizes just like the people in this world, and I want to shed a light on the kind of success that I believe is important. The best kind of success is found not in material things in life but in building other people up and participating in the things that God calls successful instead of the things that the world calls successful.
How do you define success? What do you do that you consider successful?
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