What does Success mean?


30 May
30May

The first thing we should ask is what do you see as failure and what as success. Is it based on what the world is telling us what it is and what we use as measurement or is it how God sees it?

God created every one of us to be something special, but I also feel that we live in a culture that has totally misrepresented true success. As a matter of fact, I looked up the meaning of the word. 

The dictionary defines success as “The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.” That’s a pretty broad definition. I mean, some people are aiming at nothing and hitting it every time. 

The second definition I found is “The gaining of fame or prosperity”. I hate that definition. That is not a godly definition of success at all. Lots of people have fame and prosperity, but they do not have true success.

Success needs to be redefined. It’s not just doing something grand or big. It is not how much money you make. 

In fact, not everybody is called to do something big or to be a millionaire. Just think about it If it wasn’t for every one of your staff, you couldn’t do what you are called to do, they are a big part of what the company is doing. You should really count on and appreciate those who keep your facility clean and looking good. We need all of these people to help us be good stewards of what God has given us. Their jobs may not seem as significant 

as others, but they are being faithful in what God has called them to do. That’s what I call a success. Those who are faithful in a few things will also be faithful in much.

Matthew 25:23 says,

His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I
will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.


Success can be seen as how you touch those around you, what difference you make in their lives whether it is emotional, spiritual or financial.


“It is not about what you accomplish in life, but what you do to add value to someone else’s life that counts” 

With Love

Liesel van Zyl

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