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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.

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: » Learn More

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