An Uneasy Relationship with Success

We all want success. Success in my eyes might be viewed a bit different than it is in yours, but nonetheless we all strive to reach this level of ultimate victory.

I’ve been planning for this “success” for as long as I can remember. At 8 years old I decided I wanted to be the CEO of a fortune 100. And since that moment, I’ve been taking every step to get there. There are times where I’ve felt as if I was on top of the world and thought to myself “I might just make it.” In other instances, I have felt completely defeated and disappointed.

What I have discovered on these ups and downs is that it is in the moments of defeat that my view of success is the greatest. It’s the instances when I don’t get what I want that I see what it is all about. I realize I can plan all day long, make a million of my pro-con lists and figure it all out, but in the end my plan is worthless. The only plan that can lead us to our ultimate “success” is HIS plan.

But wait…  I’m a control freak, a planner, and I’m not actually in control of my own life?

This made me antsy at first, but after some thought I sensed an elephant being lifted from my chest. What a relief that I don’t have to figure out this life alone and I don’t have to depend on my so-called plan.

I can rest in the fact that while there is a chance I might become a CEO one day; there is also a chance I might not because something greater is in His plan. Whatever your picture of success may be – there is a chance it might not happen either. And, there is a chance something greater will.

As difficult as it may be, we must let go, trust, and follow faithfully.

I believe these three things will make the extremely uneasy relationship with success much steadier.

“He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.” – Proverbs 28:26

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