How Do You Define Success?

Does He who dies with the most toys really win?

I recently read about a rather unique funeral.  Surrounding the deceased man’s mausoleum was a line of “toys” in honor of his life, things that were collected over the years that were worth great money.  Expensive race cars, trucks, motorcycles, and a speedboat were respectfully displayed for all to see.  Family members and friends grieved the loss of their loved one as they reflected upon his collection.  The local paper described the icon as a “humble, penitent man who spent his last weeks trying to get right with God.”

The story prompted me to consider my legacy.  What would my family members and friends bring to my funeral, symbols of my life? What would the newspaper print about my time on earth? Would the world be any better since I had visited it?  More importantly, what would Jesus speak to me as I stood in His presence?

Needless to say, I had a lot to think about.  How about you?

Will there be someone in heaven because you dared to fulfill your calling; trusted the Lord to work through your strengths and weaknesses; courageously spoke when you wanted to remain silent; boldly stood when no one else would? What if that one person is your father, sibling, friend, child?

-Isn’t that real success as God defines it?

Friend, you have been called to a race, and it’s not the rat race.  You are chosen to run a race where

“everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get
a crown that will NOT last; but we do it to get a crown that WILL LAST forever.”  –1 Corinthians 9:25. 

The great news is that you never have to run your race alone.  For every strong and weak step that you take, you have a dad who promises to go the distance with you.    

(This video is powerful and makes the point perfectly– !)


Blessings!  Michelle

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