Sunday, September 20, 2015

Is Success Measured in Metric or US Standard?

We were discussing how to take measurements for dieting this morning along with the pros and cons of measurements and weigh-ins. Either approach can be problematic if they are the only standard for success. True success in dieting is a dramatic increase in overall health. While there can be a lot of tangible evidence of good health, it is more of an abstract state. We only refer to measurements to show progress and meet certain accepted criteria.

The whole concept of success got my wheels turning as I considered it in other aspects of life. We can succeed at different things like weight loss, running a race, wealth, status, etc., but true success is a different matter entirely. There are things that can be weigh-ins but they are not success itself. Succeeding at life is less tangible.

It’s important to consider what true success is for our lives, not only to avoid failure, but so we will have a sense of direction and purpose. Without a sense of direction and purpose we run the risk of succeeding at the wrong things, which is a form of failure. For example, I could become the consummate salesman and devote my entire being to selling. Everyone I meet would be either a customer or a waste of time. Ultimately I could succeed, but then I would find myself destitute of relationships. In dieting I could become so obsessed with the scales or a tape measure that I would end up destroying my health, the very thing I was supposed to be improving. In the book of Mark in the New Testament of the Bible Jesus said, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” This is the very picture of succeeding at the wrong thing, which is failure.

With Commissioned Life Initiative I hope to share my inspiration to approach life from the perspective of focusing on a true success. To live a life of direction and purpose I have to be healthy in every way. That alone is a sustained challenge, but it isn’t success itself. It only makes success possible.

Success in life is to live up to my God-given potential, walking daily in fellowship with Him. Jesus overcame everything that separated us from that fellowship. Accepting God’s offer of restoration through Jesus and living daily for Him is the path to success. By working toward being as healthy as I can possibly be I am better able to live up to my potential.

On more than one occasion I have found myself talking to someone about their potential, only to have them become very frustrated. No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t get them to see the potential in them that I saw. That is a tough one to overcome and I think it’s a battle we all fight. God sees in us a potential that we are completely oblivious to. The more time we spend with Him, the more He is able to change our view of ourselves and everything else. God knows us far better than we know ourselves and He has a much higher opinion of us than we do.

It’s a good idea to weigh in from time to time and to check our measurements to see how well we are progressing. Even more important is to eat whole, clean, nutritious foods every day and keep a regular exercise routine. True success also depends on a different kind of daily bread and daily walk, however. Our potential is far greater than we know and the best success of all can only be found with the One who knows what we were created for.

May God Bless You!
Pastor Tim

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