Success is not a white picket fence. Success is not a two-car garage and a mini van and 4 kids. It’s not a lawn I have to mow twice a month, nor is it a car payment, a mortgage, or a diploma that says I owe fifty thousand dollars for my education. Success is not the office on the top floor, and it’s not the job in the mailroom. It’s not being cast as the lead in the film, and it’s not a book deal. Success isn’t traveling the world in a rock band, and it’s not a Christmas bonus. Success sometimes comes overnight, but it doesn’t stick around long enough to get comfortable. It’s not a hundred thousand followers on Twitter, and fan mail you don’t have time to respond to. Success promises a lot, but it rarely delivers. It’s not the money in your bank account, the girl on your arm, or the car you drive. Success isn’t a job well done, and it’s not giving up and going home.
Success is staying the course. It’s falling down and getting back on your feet. It’s throwing one more punch when you’ve got no more strength left to throw it. It’s commitment to the call on your life. It’s being exactly the man and the woman God created you in His image to be.
Success is your arrival at Heaven’s Gate to be embraced by Jesus when all you want to do is collapse at his feet and worship because you know there is not a fiber left in your being worthy of it as he tells you with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Well done.”
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