Our greatest fear (as individuals and as a church) should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. [Francis Chan]
What is it that you are trying to succeed in? Will that success ultimately matter?
If you analyzed your life and assessed where you were putting all of your efforts and the majority of your time, would it pleasing in God’s eyes? Are you spending 80 hours a week trying to climb the corporate ladder that leaves you sacrificing time with your family and with God? Are you finding time for parties, happy hour and other social events, but too tired to wake up early on Sundays or volunteer at a local shelter? Are you too quick to buy that designer handbag or the latest iPhone, but falling short on tithing? Are you judging the homeless without showing Christlike love?
I know I can admit to a few of those things.. if not all of those at times. Too often we place too much emphasis on worldly success and how others define us. What we might define as a success is actually a failure if we achieve it at the cost of what really matters. God wants our best, deserves our best and demands our best. He wants all or nothing.
So… I ask again.. What is it that you are trying to succeed in? Will that success ultimately matter? If not, maybe your focus needs to change.
I know mine does.