"Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire." -St. Catherine of Sienna
Could it possibly that easy to set the world on fire? To be a world changer? Just to be who you were created to be? That's it? Sounds so simple. Yet I bet each one of us know the struggle that it can be to be who we were created to be.
Do we know who we were created to be? We certainly know who the world tells us to be. Our "role models" are performers, entertainers and high profile figures. How much of the every day lives do we even know of these role models? We set them on pedestals without knowing them. But if we see money, lots of friends, awards, etc we equate it to success. And we all want to be successful. Could it possibly be that our definition of success is not biblical at all? Even Dictionary.com gives us one of the definitions of success as "the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like."
There has to be a shift in our thinking. I'm not saying that attaining wealth, position, honors or the like are bad. I think that those are all by-products that we may not receive here on earth. After all, our treasures are stored up for us in heaven (Matthew 6:20), right? You can have the world's version of success here on earth, but that does not guarantee you to have heavenly success/treasures.
John Wooden gave this definition to success:
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of
self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that
you are capable of becoming.
I would like to add one more thought to his quote and that's "to bring glory to God and further His kingdom." Success is really not about us. I realize this can bring up a lot of questions with "works" and I'm not talking about "works/grace" now.
So who were you created to be? If you are a Christian, you are an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)...no matter where you work, where you live, or your age. But to be an ambassador you need to know who you are and who you represent. You are free, loved by God, righteous, complete, alive, holy, God's workmanship, and so so so much more. Read Knowing Who I Am in Christ for a list of all that you are. In fact, you may want to read it out loud every day for 30 days to really get it in you. Seriously. Read them out loud every day for 30 days and see what happens.
You can be a musician, a stay-at-home mom, work in Corporate America, or really whatever and be an ambassador for Christ. And as you do your best with what you have in front of you to bring glory to God and further His kingdom you will set the world on fire. You will change the world...even if it's just for the world around you. That sounds like success to me. I know a lot of successful stay-at-home moms who never receive any earthly awards or payment. I know tons of entertainers that are better than the world's greatest that do not receive the financial blessings of their talent. I know many missionaries that should be rewarded for the change they are bringing to nations. I know people that have reached the peak of worldly success receiving awards, accolades, wealth. Each one of these are incredible ambassadors who are doing what they were created to do to the best of their ability not for themselves but for God...not one of them is better than the other. Each one is changing the world.
The world needs you to be who you were created to be.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Essential Oils. If you read my posts, you've heard a lot about them by now. Or maybe you have friends or family talking about them. If you are anything like me, you have plenty of questions about essential oils. I love talking about them because I know from personal experience how they have helped me gain overall wellness naturally. Oil Classes/Parties are a great way to learn more about essential oils. And lucky for you there is a class coming up on April 15th, 2014 in the Lenox Village area. Click here to link to the event. Can't make it to the class? You can schedule one for you and your friends or I can meet with you (in person or over the phone). Don't delay because you don't have all the answers, learn more at a class or a meeting.