He reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Jeremiah 18:4
What is success? You likely have an image in your mind. Our culture has come up with ways of measuring success. It can be measured by how much money you make. Success is calculated by how many material possessions you have—and by how big your material possessions are. How big is your house? How big is your car? Who has the best and biggest toys? What title is on your office door? How many friends do you have? Are you a person of influence?
Yet, who are we to judge success? We are successful when we become what God had in mind for us! You are successful when you finally give in to the hand of the potter and become what God has in mind for you. Success is God holding you in hand, looking at you, admiring the work done on you, and saying, “It is good.” “You are good.” If, in the end, you are good to God, that’s all that matters.
Is your life shaping into what God has in mind for you?
Lord, I confess that I make judgments about success every day—my success and the success of those around me. Who am I to judge? In the end, only Your opinion matters. In the end, You are the only one I have to please. Lord, help me to shed the measuring sticks of success that our world endorses, and help me to be content to strive to be what You created me to be…nothing more, nothing less. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.