But...What does it look like when you get there?
Maybe more importantly, how do you know?
Those are the questions that men and women of faith must learn to ask first.
But before I reveal the answer(s), let's look at what happens when we don't ask these questions or when we lose sight of them along the way.
I read an article recently from MarketWatch that posted in January 2018, titled: This is what success looks like to the average American. I was intrigued.
They asked a great question:
"What does "making it" mean to you? A sweet new car? A gratifying job? A house in the 'burbs filled with a spouse, a dog and a couple of kids? Or how about just a hammock and enough free time to enjoy it?"
What was the conclusion? Read it for yourself and see if you'd agree with the more than 2,000 people polled.
"...people seem to want the same general things: More money, less responsibility and more time to focus on personal goals and relationships."
Hard to argue, right?
Yet, is this the definition of success for you and I?
Is this what we should be aiming at?
Or maybe we, as Christians, should be asking, Is there anything wrong with pursuing this type of success?
Maybe that's what you're wondering right now.
If so, you're not alone.
While we don't spend a lot of time wrestling with this question, at some point, it does affect us all.
The answer, I would propose, is based on who you are asking.
Here's what we say over and over again in our Christian Financial Coaching online membership and courses: There are two key questions that can help us and should continually guide us as we seek wisdom in these important conversations.
1. What does God SAY?
2. What does God SEE?
That's how you determine success!
For far too many of us, we are basing financial success and familial success and every other type of success that you can think of based on what everybody else is saying.
But....what about God?
How much credence do you give Him when it comes to answering the question of success?
How much time do you spend asking Him or talking to Him or seeking His thoughts on this?
This is where I believe we go off the path and head for trouble.
It's not that we are being "bad" or doing something inherently "wrong". But it's just that we don't really filter every thought and decision and definition off of this simple filter:
What does God say about this issue? How does God see this?
Imagine if we started to do this.
Imagine how it would change things by asking these two basic questions, first.
Think about how this would change and challenge your own definition and view of success in every area of your life.
So, what is the definition of success when it comes to your faith and financial life? One word.
When we meet the Lord, I believe that He will ask all of us a question that will go something like this:
"What did you do with what I gave you?"
When He does, it won't matter how much money you have in your bank or what other people thought of your "success".
In the end, the only words that will matter and determine if your life was a success are these critical and most beautiful words:
"Well done, good and FAITHFUL servant!"
Do you want to be a success in your faith and financial life? Be faithful.
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