January 31, 2011

the secret

"in this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich." henry ward beecher

today on my way home from work i decided to pay my weekly respects to walmart. i was still all dressed up in my work clothes, wearing a dress and trying to look all professional. i walked inside, grabbed a cart, and was about to be on my merry way when the greeter, a man in his 50s, approached me. "you look very successful," he said, "what is the secret to your success?" i was surprised and hesitated as i realized that no one had ever referred to me as "successful." i contemplated the phrase "secret to your success" for a few seconds and suddenly knew the answer: "i alone am not a success, but JESUS CHRIST makes me a success."

for the next few minutes we talked about GOD, and i shared with him the many things that HE had done in my life. i told him about my best friendship with HIS SON and the difference it had made. i told him of my dreams of becoming a speech pathologist and my love of working with children and the ways i felt that GOD was using me. by the end of the conversation the man said, "i can tell that you love HIM. keep the faith."

the world measures success in a thousand different ways and by standards that we simply will never be able to meet. and as exciting and challenging and wonderful as it might be to reach those various levels of notoriety, deep down in our hearts we know that the world's success is so fleeting, so temporary, so meaningless.

but as christians, we can't help but look successful when we are clothed in GOD'S love. we can't help but look promising and inviting when his joy is expressed on our faces. we can't help but be recognized as knowing and loving HIM just in the way we look at other people. and we can't help it when total strangers know that we are going somewhere one day just by the way we treat them. they just need to know that the place we're going is heaven and that they are more than welcome to come along. and they need to know that one day sitting at the feet of GOD will be the ultimate, the only, the true definition of success.

"when they saw the courage of peter and john and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with JESUS." acts 4:13

1 comment:

  1. You are a beautiful reflection of God's glory. Thank you for loving well.