Some years ago I wrote the words “True success” in my Bible beside Jeremiah 9: 23 & 24 which reads, “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord.” Does God give us wisdom, strength and riches? Yes He does, but He does not delight in them and neither does He desires us to boast in them. What then does our heavenly Father “delight” in?
He delights in the one who knows and understands Him. He delights in the one who knows that their Father is the One who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth today. Success is not found in a higher degree of education, in business or profession, in money, in the number of Facebook friends we have amassed or in how we perceive others perceive us. Success is knowing and obeying God. Mother Teresa once commented to the American press that she was never trying to be successful by this worlds standards, only obedient to her Savior’s call. Powerful words from someone who impacted thousands; someone who was truly “successful.”