Everyone wants to be successful at some point in their life. Maybe enough has happened in your life that you feel like you can’t but be successful. You still want it somewhere in your soul – you want it and you want more – you want to be wildly successful in a way that somehow lets you live forever even though you know you won’t.
WHAT DO YOU WANT? Begin there. If what you want is just some unnamed success, some selfish bucket list bonanza, some personal monument to your name you will fail to ever reach high enough. You will never be satisfied. Why do I say that? Because living for yourself, living for pleasure, living just for achievement is boring. It will leave you short of your goal.
Let me ask it again, WHAT DO YOU WANT? If you live for something bigger than yourself, you will find that you’re going on a journey that will touch lives, bring satisfaction, and in the end leave a legacy of love like a fragrance of sweet cologne wafting in the air after you leave the room – or the earth.
Maybe you are in a job that pays the bills but no more. Maybe you’ve been successful by the standards of today. Yet, maybe you are still left unsatisfied wondering, “What is it all for?” Maybe you’ve retired and are still “looking” for that elusive meaning. You can go to Mount Kilimanjaro or visit the small Pacific Island of Niue but even if you travel with Sir Richard Branson to edge of space you will not be satisfied until you discover three things:
1. Find a project that serves others.
2. Develop safe strong intimate relationships
3. Gain redemptive perspective on your struggles and suffering
Viktor Frankl said in Man’s Search for Meaning: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
If all you want is a selfish approach to life you will ultimately be disappointed. If you know what you want, what your gifts are, what your passion is, you can turn it into helping serve others and find one of the keys to life.
As a Christ-follower I have found that almost everyone’s biggest fear is death. We don’t know what it is, what is beyond the grave, and if there is anything left of “us” when all is said and done. Even one of Jesus closest followers asked the question, “We don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered Thomas, “I am the way the truth and the life…” When we follow and give our life away the fear of death fades and the idea of living takes over.
Success is not what IT’s all about. Contentment – that is something that God wants to give to those who dream the dreams and see the visions of serving, caring deeply, and turning suffering into saving lives.