Why do crowds go many rows deep outside downtown hotels and cinemas during film festival season? Why do people pay outrageous amounts to see musicians or motivational speakers? One reason might be that we are naturally drawn toward those we consider successful and seek to identify with them. Success is attractive, while the stench of failure repels us. The success industry preys on this through books, videos, and seminars, all promising success in several ‘easy steps’.
Some would define success as attaining a prestigious position, living in their dream house, or winning major tournaments. Others say it’s simply achieving personal goals, whatever they may be. We’ve made success contingent on the accumulation of wealth, awards, and achievements. But is that what’s it’s all about?#ChancesAre live the life God wants you to live, “then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:9) Click To Tweet
The truth is, one may gain success in life—success in a certain field—and yet not be successful at life itself. Why? Because life is more than those things; it’s about relationships. We were created for relationships—to love and to be loved.
There are many ‘successful’ people who have destroyed other parts of their lives to attain whatever status they have. All the success in the world still doesn’t help them sleep at night.
Success usually comes at some cost. Many business people, athletes, academics (and let’s not exclude religious leaders) have sacrificed relationships on the altar of success. They’ve put getting ahead, ahead of getting along. While their financial portfolios and trophy cases might be bursting, their souls remain empty.
The Christian worldview stands by the words of Jesus who asked, “What does it profit anyone if they gain the whole world and lose their soul?” (Mark 8:36) Matters of the soul are of greatest importance. There is something beyond this life—something beyond temporary fulfillment or achievements.
Some folks believe that getting involved with religion will stunt their chances at success—that somehow allowing God into their lives will derail their trajectory towards success. The Bible tells a different story: Nurture your relationship with God—a relationship with an eternal trajectory. Live the life God wants you to live, “then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:9)
The famous artist Michelangelo said that the greater danger is not aiming at things that are too high; it’s aiming at things that are too low. There is nothing greater than experiencing and nurturing a relationship with the God of the universe who, by the way, wants us to be successful. Success is not stymied by faith in God. It is grounded in and supported by it.