Growing up, I was taught that you can only have success if you’re either a nurse, a doctor, a lawyer, or an engineer. So I believed that as long as I studied to become one of these, I would definitely fit the bill for success. I’ve tried to be so many things I wasn’t just to feel that I belonged in my family. And the harder I tried, the more I felt I did not belong. I always thought that you could have success if you loved money enough. And the more I tried to interest myself with money, the more it left me empty handed. I was taught that in order to have success, you would have to forget about everyone else and only focus on yourself. This was the toughest thing I was expected to do next to forgiving. I was confused, because at the same time my freedom was taken away from me. And the more I helped myself, and only myself, the more success seemed like miles away.
It wasn’t until I came to the revelation that love was the way to success. For so long I had such a hard time loving people and keeping friends because of traumatic experiences in my past. I could not trust, I could not forgive, and I didn’t have a real sense of love for myself. Jesus was the one who taught me how to love myself after realizing what He did for me. He loves me so much, so that I could love others and have real relationships with them. I believe that real, loving relationships/friendships is the key to success in this world. A genuine heart for another can only build up their self-esteem, which in turn helps and encourages ourselves to keep pursuing a life of positivity. Because when we live with such an attitude, God puts the right people in our lives or directs us to them, so that we may be encouraged and helped along the way, at the same time inspiring and encouraging others as well. The journey/walk of love is the accomplishment itself. For when we focus on the worldly view that success is the goal, we’ll never be content with what we have or where we are. But when we focus on Love, which is Christ, He will show us great and mighty things which we did not know was even possible.
So Christ is Love and we’re taught that He is the way to God. The Holy Spirit guides our success, and thus God becomes our Goal. Success only becomes the Goal when we have a full understanding of the relationship between the Son and the Father, when we learn how to love genuinely and unconditionally. This is why our relationship with Him should never halt, but rather continue. Jesus wants us to become a success in the Father. In other words, He wants and reminds us to become one with Him by letting the Holy Spirit live in us, because He wants the best for us, which is God Himself. Those who have a materialistic/worldly sense of success have a materialistic/worldly sense of love. They are never content, always seeking for more happiness. Money can never buy you love or joy. If you love only to be happy, then your success will only make you happy. There will be no joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength…your strength to love and thus find success to help you press on to your goal. Keep walking with Love and stay strong. God gave you the ability to love…that’s if you accept that He loved you first. Then, watch your life become a success as you love others whole-heartedly. What does success mean to you?
By His Grace, Sheela (via sheelaleigh.com)