“For we dare not make ourselves of the number …” (II Cor 10: 12).
Among many definitions of success is: ‘Gaining wealth and fame.’ The question is how much of wealth and fame do you need, to be termed successful? Should you pick an arbitrary target of start comparing yourself with others? What if you decide to devote yourself to raising children of character like Susan Wesley, or serving your Church and your community, does that make you to be less successful?
I reckon success is doing the best you can, with what you have, wherever you are in life. The Bible warns, ‘When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.’ The Almighty God will help you to be all that you can be, but He will never help you to be someone else. Beloved, when you concentrate on being someone else, you lose sight of who you need to become.
The 20/40/60 rule says: ‘When you are 20, you worry about what everybody’s thinking about you. When you are 40, you realize it doesn’t really matter what they think about you. But when you’re 60, it dawns on you most of them weren’t thinking about you at all. But at 60, you have advanced in age.
Learn from Paul’s message in Acts 9:6 (Lord, what will thou have me to do?). It’s only when you ask that question from your Creator that you will discover who you are and what God has called you to be. Failure to do the asking from God will make you live and end your life in misery.