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Defining Success

I have wondered often about success. What is it? Why do we long for it, lose sleep and train endlessly to attain it? Is it the balance of a bank account? Is it our name in a headline? Is it awards, prizes or ribbons? Is it an achievement of some sort? Is there a measure that marks when you’ve arrived? Is there something that signifies that you are somehow a success?

Success could be the notion of significance or having done something worthy of honor. Significance is defined as: having meaning, having or likely to have influence or effect. A life of significance or meaning is important so I do not feel that I have lived in vain…such is the goal. To know that my life was not meaningless and that I lived in such a way that made my part of the world a little better. 

The goal is to be salt and light. To know that I was generous with all that I had. Paul warns us in scripture, “But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant [WFH comments: or seemingly insignificant] you are, it is only because of what you are apart of.” I Corinthians 12:19

Significance is not just about what I’ve done; it is more about what I have been apart of. Help me Lord to realize that in this day.

–William F. High is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Christian Foundation Heartland.  He may be reached at whigh@nationalchristian.com.

About Bill High

Bill High is an author of several books and co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: www.givingitallawaybook.com. You can find him at www.billhigh.com and sign up for his blogs there.

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