Success of Significance
Recently I turned 35!!! I never would have thought that day would have come, but it did, and you know what? I’m alive and ok! Even though statically my life is half over, I feel the best is yet to come. This perspective has led me to do some healthy reflection and ask some good questions.
What matters most to me? Am I a healthy person, spiritually, emotionally and physically (not so much on the last one these days)? Do I really love God more than this world? At the end of my life… what will I most be remembered for?
All of this has caused me to wonder about the difference between Success and Significance. Webster’s dictionary online defines them like this:
Success: favorable or desired outcome; also: the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.
Significance: the quality of being important.
So depending on how you define/understand them will be how you answer the questions for yourself. Success seems to me to be very self driven and focused on personal outcome or achievement. Now, significance from the world’s point of view might feel and look similar, however it is vital that I qualify “who” and “what” am I “important” to and why.
If I understand significance as being important to God and His kingdom work here on earth, then sign me up. If significance is simply being important in the eyes of the world due to some measure of “success” then no thanks. That type of significance is only temporary and based on continual performance and being seen as of worth in the eyes of people. The apostle John had a different perspective…
1 John 2:15-17 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If you love the world, love for the Father is not in you. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful people, the lust of their eyes and their boasting about what they have and do—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Although the above passage does not answer all of my questions directly it gives me some really great perspective.
It is important for us to honestly ask ourselves and answer… why do I exist? What special plans might God have for my life and how do I accomplish them by His power? An important key to discovering this is to dig deep and ask yourself, “What do I love and am I passionate about?” Many times ours passions reveal a bigger picture of our purpose which can lead us to significance. What a pity to live a life focused on self and the pursuit of temporary successes.
Best selling author, Michael Hyatt has a FREE resources on his website called, Creating Your Personal Life Plan. I highly recommend most things Hyatt writes and this resource especially. Very helpful in discovering purpose and living a life of significance.
So, which will you choose? How will you define success and significance? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment or share your story here.