While on my way to deliver an order to my client one day, I drove by one of my former classmates from school. He was in a Mercedes-Benz car, looking cool. I immediately felt embarrassed of my car’s chipped paint. “He’s so much more successful than I am,” I thought.
Does a nicer car = greater success? Deep down, I knew I had equated wealth with success. But I alsoknew I wanted to change that manner of thinking.
God doesn’t define success the way we do. He isn’t impressed with the latest car or embarrassed by my old one. In Samuel 16:7, God tells Samuel to anoint David as God’s chosen king. Samuel is apprehensive, because David is the smallest, youngest son. He wants to anoint David’s older, stronger, taller brother instead. But God rebukes him, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I want to encourage you to check your beliefs about success. Identify them, and have the courage to question them, and ask God to shape your beliefs.