It got me thinking about playing basketball in college. I wasn’t a high scorer, but there was this one game where I scored 37 points. I remember the gym, the shots I took, the domination that occurred:). I’ve tried to imagine what it would feel like to do that every game. I would have such a big head. It would change the way I walk, the way I talk, the way I present myself. Talk about self-confidence.
Here’s the rub: that kind of success doesn’t really change anything. It could depending upon what I did with it, right? If it’s just for my benefit and my pride, what value is it really?
I’ve found that if I play the game God has for me, success becomes a bit of a non-issue. Making God famous becomes the driving force in my life. If it’s really not about me, then it sets me free to experiment, to try new things, to live with a willingness to risk it all for Him and His name.
I want Jesus to say to me one day…”well done, good and faithful servant.” Translated: good game son. You played your guts out, you gave it all you had and left the results up to me. I’m proud of you. I hope you hear those words some day too.
Action: How have you dealt with success in your life? How do you define success? Would love to hear from you!