HOW SHOULD YOU DEFINE SUCCESS
Updated: Apr 18
SHORT INSPIRATIONAL NARRATIVE.
This may be one of my easiest narratives ever, because most of what I am going to say and reveal are not my words. With that said, I do believe it could be life-changing for someone as this is the same revelation that significantly changed mine.
One common theme among people is, everyone wants to be successful. I cannot think of anyone who would contradict that statement. It can be difficult to determine success because the definition varies from person to person. Some people think of success from a career and monetary perspective; in other words, their social status, worldly possessions, professional title, etc. Others weigh success on personal achievements and goals they may have set for themselves at some point in their life. Then you have those that deem success as doing as little as possible but still making it day after day. The spectrum of success is broad. For today, I will focus on the one probably most relevant for this discussion, which was my first reference.
Everyone is looking for success in their personal life, business, as well as relationships. People are seeking it online through all the social media outlets trying to get more followers, website hits, and leading discussion forums, all in an attempt to reach what the world defines as success. Don't get me wrong; there is absolutely nothing wrong with desiring to be successful. The problem is; everyone is trying to tell you what success looks and feels like through books, video messages, television, clubhouse, and other media outlets. As I stated earlier, nothing wrong with those outlets, but God already provided what success is, and how to obtain it in his Word. NO SECRET! What you are looking for has always been in the Bible.
HERE IS THE BIG REVEAL (the Book of Proverbs)
The book of Proverbs is very familiar to most, especially one of the most famous verses: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." If you often stop there, it's okay; most do because it's a powerful scripture; however, if you keep reading, God reveals what most think has been a secret "The formula for success." Proverbs 3 is life-changing as God tells you to focus on "Wisdom and gaining Understanding"
WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING IS THE KEY
Before I continue, let me explain. The world defines success through a very narrow lens. Money, stature, etc., but if you have gained the world and you lose your health, someone else will be enjoying the fruits of your labor. However, the Word of God in Proverbs explains the attributes of Wisdom and Understanding, and it is tremendous.
Proverb 3: 13-19
Happy is the man that findeth Wisdom, and the man that getteth Understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left-hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
I pray that the Holy Spirit give you the revelation of those scriptures because it will be life-changing. You have just read the formula for success in your personal life, professional, and business, and it was 100% FREE! Life, health, riches, honor, length of days, peace, pleasantness, happiness, and much more if you keep reading about Wisdom and Understanding. Now, Wisdom just doesn't plop in your lap, you have to pursue it, and when you find it, you have to take hold of her, yes, I said her, and when you have her in your grasp, you have to retain her and not let go. If through Wisdom, God founded the Earth and through Understanding established the Heavens, what do you think you can do with WISDOM? What are you looking for? STOP! Pursue Wisdom and get Understanding; the rest will follow.
You don't need a millionaire or billionaire to give you the ten steps to success. You need Wisdom and Understanding. You don't need a millionaire or billionaire to invest in your business; you need to invest in the pursuit of Wisdom and Understanding. Fact, no billionaire has more resources than Wisdom. With Wisdom, riches and honor reside in her left hand; billionaires have to put their wealth in a bank. I hope you get my point. Wisdom and Understanding will unlock the blessings of God. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33