In 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.
For some, this might include making quite a bit of money. That would be a blessing. For others it might be obtaining that higher degree. Excellent! 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 move through the fullness of this homeschooling year I will help them to further understand the purpose for their lives and help them to achieve success. Our desire is for each area of focus to be solely founded upon God. May this help me remember that our children’s education needs to be founded on Christ and Him alone. Anything else is simply foolishness…
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
~ Psalm 1:1-3
Your Turn!: What is your measure of ultimate success?