In God's Eyes, What Is Success?
One day, while walking through a forest in North Carolina, a man had a conversation with God that really taught him about the place of relationships in our lives. The Lord asked him this question:
“How do you measure success in ministry?”
“That’s easy,” the man said. “Millions of people whose lives have been changed! Lots of people. Great fruit!”
“Would you like to know how I measure success?” the Lord asked the man.
“Yes,” the man answered.
“For you, your measure of success is a huge number. How many persons are there in Me?”
“Three: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
“Is that a huge number?”
“No, it’s a small number ... but You’re a huge God!”
“When I created man, how many did I create?”
“Just one ... Adam.”
“And is that a huge number?”
“When I created a companion for Adam, how many did I create?”
“The way I measure success is not the same as yours …”
God’s measure of success is relationships. If what we’re doing to achieve a “huge” impact breaks or damages relationships, it’s pointless. God loves you and wants you to have good, strong relationships and be in peace with others. “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” (the Bible, Romans 12:18)
Are you having difficulties in this area? If so, pray as follows: “Lord, I humbly come before You, believing that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You, that You are the God who hears and answers prayers. Lord, help me to have good, strong relationships with those around me: my family, my friends, my coworkers ... I pray that all my relationships are saturated with Your love and Your grace. In Jesus’s powerful name, amen.”