When you think of success, it is easy to think only of the dictionary’s definition:
1- the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
▶ the attainment of fame, wealth, or social status.
▶ a person or thing that achieves success.
2- archaic the good or bad outcome of an undertaking.
—origin 16th century: from Latin successus, from succedere (see succeed).
Soanes, C., & Stevenson, A. (2004). Concise Oxford English dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
If this were all we were defined as, then humans accomplish less than 10% of their goals. How many of us would really be thought successful then? Since most of us are not rich, happy, or excited about our present condition, are we then failures at what we want? When was the last time you looked at what you are good at and you like to do? Think about it, and then compare it to what you are doing right now in your personal and occupational life. Do they match, or are they completely different? Proverbs 16:9 says, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” This by no means says that God wants us to be failures, but quite the opposite. He has given us many things in our lives to show that he wants us to be successful: our family, job(s), desires of our hearts, etc. These things are so often discounted, overlooked, and taken for granted as unnecessary obstacles to our success.
- So many blame their failures on how they were raised and/or on their children holding them back. The Lord birthed you into your family, and if you have children, He gave you them too. We all need to honor or parents and train up our children in the way they should go so when they are old, they will not turn out poorly. Training children how to take over the next generation should be the most important goal for everyone especially if you have no children! The next generation is our future. We need to make them prepared to be successful (Ex 20:12; Deut 5:16; Eph 6:1-4; Proverbs 22:6)