“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. – Joshua 1:7-8 (NIV)
What is God calling you to do? Are you standing on the sidelines just waiting on affirmation from others? Perhaps you are stuck in a perpetual “failure to launch” mode because you have yet to receive the approval and affirmation that you having been longing for.
Think for a minute about those whom you consider to be successful. Regardless of their field of expertise, they generally have one thing in common. They didn’t abandon the mission in the face of adversity at a time when others were in disbelief of their calling. They were so impregnated with the vision that they nurtured it in the dark secret place until it reached full term. At that point it had no other option but to be birthed into the light of day, where all could see that it truly was a work made possible only by the hands of the Lord.
May I pose a question? At what point do you feel that success occurred? Would you say that success was achieved when recognition and approval from others was attained or was success present when the fertilization and the nurturing occurred in the secret place? Nevertheless, success is not a destination. Success is a timeline filled with a succession of baby steps of obedience. As a matter of fact, one is just as successful the day that he or she took their first step to embark on the journey, when no one else believed in the calling, as the day when they finally received accolades for their hard work and efforts.
Lord, I thank You for revealing to me that success is not a destination that I arrive at once I receive recognition and approval from others but instead it is a state of being in total obedience on a timeline dating back to the very first step taken in obedience.