How does the Bible define success? That’s what I wanted to know.
A fact about the ostrich gave me insight into this query. It turns out that an ostrich is the world’s heaviest bird, with a weight of 350 pounds and a height of nine feet. While they cannot fly, they can run long distance at 31 miles an hour.
But what impressed me about this huge bird was that its eyes are bigger than its heart.
Hey, that describes many of us. Those who have eyesight, that is. Our heart yearns for success, yet our eyes are way too big, looking at things that distract us. We see a TV commercial for a product to lose weight, we dash to buy it. We see another person reach the kind of success we want, we hurry to mimic the path. Our eyes work overtime. We see the mistakes we made, shame creeps in. We see our weaknesses, insecurity dims our joy. We see the unknown of tomorrow; we see fear in the mirror.
God knows that we’re just ostriches wearing clothes, sometimes running as fast as they do, chasing after success. Our eyes get in the way. They’re way bigger than our heart. But how far could we reach, what heights could we climb, and how quickly we would find true success if our minds expanded with wisdom and our hearts embraced this truth:
“Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for you are the God who gives me salvation.” (Psalm 25:4-5)
Father, I confess I ran down my own path, chasing success, only to find frustration. I followed my own wisdom, only to be disappointed. And I created my own direction, only to find dead ends. But now as you guide me, teach me and lead me, success will smile at every turn. In Jesus’s name, amen.
- Where are you on your journey to success?
- What do your eyes see?
- What is your definition of success?
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