A Measure of Success

How do you describe success?  Sadly in the world today it’s very hard to do so without looking at your bank account, job title, size of your home or your fancy car.  Being a man in the world today, it is even more difficult not to get caught up in “being successful.”

I was speaking with a woman the other day who was elated that her son recently received a promotion.  As we continued our discussion, she mentioned that she could “now tell all my friends how successful he is, and I don’t have to be ashamed.”  First of all, how sad that she would be ashamed of her son if he didn’t measure up to the rest of the pack.  Receiving a promotion for working hard and taking pride in your work is great, and I’m not going to say there is anything wrong with that.  As I continued to think about her son, however, I began to imagine what his life might look like.  Is he spending 60+ hours a week at the office?  Is his travel schedule taking him to cities most of us only dream of visiting while his family is home without their leader?  Is he missing “just one more game” or the school play?  When is our drive to be successful enough?

Or should we measure success a different way?  Are you the father that won’t miss any of his son’s football games?  The dad who is always available for his daughter’s tea parties?  The man who is serving in his church?  Or the husband that sits down on the couch and asks his wife how her day was while rubbing her feet?  Would this be the description of someone “successful?”

I hope and pray that the son the of that woman measured up to this success.  I hope and pray for myself that I can as well.

Be Strong. Act Like Men.

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