The climate of success in which we live, the need for success with our peers, in our careers, in our bank balances. The mistake is in thinking of the journey in terms of success at all (though inevitable we do). Success is one of the dirtiest temptations of the devil. - Madeleine L'Engle
God doesn't promise me success. He just promised that he will have ultimate success. But success makes me feel good. When I remember that God is taking care of me, even during my mistakes and failures, then I am able to be be faithful. In failing, I learn how to trust God more.
You must once and for all give up being worried about successes and failures. Don't let that concern you. It's your duty to go on working steadily day by day, quite quietly, to be prepared for mistakes, which are inevitable, and for failures. - Anton Chekhov
In writing this book about my story as a missionary, I must hand over to God all the outcomes - the number of people who read it, the number of copies who sell, what the reviewers think, the problem of finding mistakes after it is released...the potential failure can be heavy. But in telling this story of how God has worked in my life, I need to trust God to continue to work. He tells us not to be anxious, not to worry, but to trust him.
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7: 13-14
Do you believe that God only values your success?
What is God asking you to trust him with today?