“I have glorified You on the earth.” Jn 17:4 NKJV
At the end of His life Jesus was able to pray, “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” Jesus didn’t try to compete with John the Baptist or pattern Himself after some Old Testament prophet. He knew what “success” was for Him. To know what it is for you, you must:
(1) Discern what success really is. When others feel good about you, you’re popular; but when you feel good about yourself, you’re successful. Your life’s highest calling will always create the highest level of joy within you. (2) Before you set goals, pray. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Pr 3:6 NKJV). It’s not wrong to set goals, it’s just wrong to set them without first consulting God. (3) Stop expecting others to bring you success. Don’t wait for flowers to arrive. God gave you seed; start growing some of your own. “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else” (Gal 6:4 NLT). And besides, when you’re less needy you’ll become more attractive to others. (4) Get over yourself—everyone else has. A minister said he was praying one day, “Father, why does the Devil keep reminding me of my past?” God replied, “Because he’s running low on material!” Repent, and then move on. God says He will “not remember your sins” (Isa 43:25 NKJV). There’s only one good reason to bring up the past, and that’s to learn from it and grow wiser.