What’s Your Yardstick?

measure-successHow do you measure success? As an author, do you measure it by the number of your published books? Do you measure it by the size if your Social Media platform?

I am a writer/divorce/brain tumor survivor/child of God. God has blessed me with experiencing many avenues of pain. I pull from these experiences every time I speak to others about the mercy and grace of my Heavenly Father. I understand many of these people. I’ve experienced lots of their types of pain. I know these feelings–as well as the comfort and healing power of God–are real.

But I can’t reach everyone, nor was I meant to. Just as the body has hands and feet (check out 1 Corinthians 12:12-31), so does the body of Christ. And each part of this body has its own objective.

God has instructed us all to love one another, so that’s something we all can aspire to do. But don’t try to do everything. Only put your energy into doing what God has designed you to do.

This time of year, we all have standards we want to exceed. In the midst of all the celebration and hoopla, be kind to yourself. Love those around you. Offer what you can, and be good with that. Your success is following God’s plan. Measure your success by His standards.

Set time aside to focus on that. You’ll be happy you did.

4 thoughts on “What’s Your Yardstick?

  1. I was just thinking this same thing a few days ago. I was reading about Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit priest from the 17th century. He had no desire to reach large numbers at once. Instead, he ministered to small numbers of people in his home. By the time he died he had converted many because his converts went out and reached others. It’s all in our perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thanks for the comment, Becky! It’s so easy to get caught up in watching what other people accomplish and measure our worth to that. Instead, I’m doing my best to strive toward what God has for me.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Hope to see you this May at Blue Ridge.

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