The Measure of Success

Originally posted in January of 2013, I find it pertinent to remind myself from time to time of why we are doing what we are doing. This post helps me remember that our children’s education needs to be founded on Christ and what He wants from our family. Anything else is simply foolishness…

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Kids PicIn this vast world, filled with goals and achievements, how do we measure ultimate success? Is it measured by how much money we make, how much of an education we received, or by the amount of toys that surround us? Are we successful because we get what we want or perhaps because we are happy? Is it something other people can see in us or is it something only we can know? As my children grow and continue increasing in wisdom, I hope they come to a full understanding of what success truly means.

Success is the accomplishment of a purpose. As Christians the ultimate purpose for our lives is to reflect Christ and to share Him with the world.

“But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you,…” (Acts 26:16)

It will not matter if my children make tons of money, that they attained a college degree (not that I am against college, mind you), nor that they have all that they want. True success as a Christian isn’t about any of those things.

Ultimately, the most successful life they can live is one sold out completely to God. A life in which all things are done, first and foremost, for Him.

To some, this might include making quite a bit of money… that would be a blessing. To some it might be obtaining that higher degree… great job. These are each small measures of accomplishment or success, but they are not the final goal.

The measure of my children’s success will be seen in the lives they lead. Are they achieving all they can for the kingdom of Christ or are they seeking their own purpose? Are they good husbands and wives; good parents; and good friends?

I pray as we continue on with the remainder of this homeschooling year, that I will help them to further understand the purpose for their lives and help them to achieve success.

Time to Chime In: What is your measure of ultimate success?

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5 thoughts on “The Measure of Success

  1. I saw this on Instagram the other day, and although we are Jewish, it really spoke to me! Mark 8:36, “35”For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36″For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37″For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?…”

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  2. Great reminder. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John, Verse 4

    And Colossians 1:9-12 “…that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light…”

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