From yesterday: How do we find an alternative that does stimulate us while also fostering our growth as people in recovery and people of faith who desire to reflect God's image in our lives? It starts with the realization that there is no one-size fits-all solution...I'm hoping this string of devotionals will inspire you to formulate your own vision of success based on your priorities. Click here to get caught up.
Part of the reason that there is no one-size fits-all solution for defining success is that we all have different relationships to our friends, families, and communities. Why am I bringing them into this? Any reasonably meaningful definition of success will take a person's "hut" into account. We tend to begin defining success discussing what we want to pursue in order to become successful. Our desires are part of the equation, but only a part.
What we "want" is not the only factor in formulating a vision for success and meaning in life- we need to find a way to take into account our friends, families, communities, and their needs and desires, in order for the pursuit of success to add meaning to our lives. In other words, we must be willing to sacrifice in service to those we love. Sacrifice helps us find success, meaning, and purpose because it connects us to the sensation that we're pursuing a common good, one higher than our own ambition.