“I want the money … money and the cars … cars and the clothes. I suppose. I jus’ wanna be …. I jus’ wanna be successful” – Trey Songz
Yep! I hear that too. We mostly associate success with money, cars, and clothes. It could even be argued that a person’s sex appeal can be enhanced by having a good measure of either one. So we strive to have “nice” things (that are usually out of style in six months) to display a perceived success. I work in ministry, we do the same thing. I can’t count the number of times I’ve stood around with ministers discussing a tie, or suit, or car. I’m sure this sounds quite shallow while reading about me doing it, but how many times have you perceived someone’s level of success by the car they drive, or the neighborhood they live in, or the designer they wear?
Unfortunately, we have made “success” a goal. Just like Drake & Trey, we want the money, cars and clothes. However, there are far better things to strive for, and more admirable goals to set. Making money is far less important than serving people. Buying a “nice” car or home is far less important than mending the broken. Winning doesn’t even compare to loving. If we set out to come up, we have already failed, regardless to how much we made.
Whatever you do in life, strive to help people; seek to make someone else’s life better as a result of what you did, and you will always have true success.
“A life devoted to things is … dead … (like) a stump; (but) a God-shaped (that loves & gives) life is a flourishing tree.” Proverbs 11:28 (The Message)
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*Inspired by a series of tweets by my wife Angela (@Murph1stLady)