In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with Success. Proverbs 3:6
I want to walk you through a quick exercise. Get a piece of paper and write down the first thing that comes into your mind. Don’t think about these questions too hard and use less than 4 words to answer each question (if you don’t know the answer skip it):
- Who is the most successful woman you know?
- Who does society recognize as the most successful women?
Now jump into a time machine, and you are 12 again:
- What are you going to be when you grow up?
- How are you going to look (physical appearance)?
- Where will you live? What type of house/apartment do you have?
- How much money will you have when you grow up?
- Will you get married and have kids (if so how do they look like)?
- What places will you go when you grow up?
Ok, go back to the future, and end of speed round.
Look at your life now. Are you living a life similar to the most successful woman you know? To the most successful woman according to society? Are you living the life you dreamed about when you were twelve?
How did we measure success? Who shaped our image of Success? Was it by the people we surround ourselves with, societal expectation or self-made expectation? Was GOD involved in the process of measuring success?
This week let’s explore what success means to you. Let’s expand from just successfulness to godliness; we will explore the gap between godliness and our shortcomings.
Holy Spirit guide us this week (and every week thereafter) to put God first in everything we do. We know that God is the only image of successfulness, the only image of perfection. Give us guidance and direct us toward You. Help us understand that YOU can guide us through success, and also through godliness—only You can fill the gap between godliness and our shortcomings. Father we ask you to direct our efforts this week and crown them with Success. We ask You in the name of your Holy Son, Jesus. Amen.