I think I have been mistaken in what I was called to be for a long time. I have spent years chasing success. Success in business. Success in well-groomed, well-behaved, well-fed kids. Success in a happy marriage. Success in a clean house. The measure has always been success.
Definition of success:
suc·cess[suhk-ses] Show IPA
1. the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
2. the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
I was recently struck by a quote from Mother Teresa. She said “God did not call me to be successful; He called me to be faithful.”
Eeeeeeeeerrrkkkkk!!! (that is how I make a screeching halt sound in my head)
I don’t know how it happened – but I have been way off base for a long time. 🙂 I have been striving for success. And the problem with success is that it is an outcome, attainment, termination of events. And nothing about the day-to-day activities of my life are terminating (at least I hope not).
I am convicted that I am called to be faithful.
faith·ful[feyth-fuhl] Show IPAadjective
1. strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
2. true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.
3. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
4. reliable, trusted, or believed.
5. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.
What a relief to get rid of the burden of success!