How do you define success? Is it the car someone drives, is it how young someone looks? Is it how well their kids turned out? the Bible talks about success in terms that we would define it as. Success is a desired outcome. However, God is more concerned about our heart than physical success. Let’s look at David’s life. He had people fighting wars for him. He was favored in God’s eyes and he was a hero to his people. That’s when success turned into pride. The outcome was destruction on his family. But look at Joseph’s story. Genesis 39:2-4 says, The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man… his master saw that the Lord was with Him… So Joseph’s success pointed back to God. That kind of success can only happen by humbly submitting our plans and our lives to God. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your work to the lord and your plans will be established.” Success through pride - destructive. Success through humility - inspiring. Let's commit our life to the Lord first and stay humble even if we do receive some kind of success on this earth. Always remember that God is with you through the ups and downs.
Hannah Lynn hosts Moody Radio’s That’s Real and is an engineer for Karl and Crew mornings. She grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp (ask her about harp camp), drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute (yes, that’s possible). Hannah loves to tell people about Jesus—as a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor.