How do you measure success?

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My college roommate recently posted pics on Facebook of her girl’s trip to the beach.  She had pics of the gorgeous beach, times at dinner, and just hanging out.  She is one of a kind and anyone would be lucky to cross her path.  I miss her and all those precious times we spent together.  My life would have been missing a special piece had I not met her during Humanities 201 class.

It got me thinking…where would we be without our girlfriends?

We need our girlfriends when…

  • we go through things with our man
  • we go through things with family
  • we need some retail therapy
  • we need to laugh
  • we need to cry
  • we need clarification or an ear to listen
  • we need to just get away from it all

My friend Lisa shared this from her calendar.

Some people measure success by their bank account, the house they live in, the car they drive, or the clothes they wear.   All that is just temporary.  True success (in my opinion) is the circle you surround yourself with, the conversations and experiences you share with friends – sitting around a dinner table, taking a road trip, going hiking, or hanging out with no agenda.

I think the key to success is this…

Housewarming Party 2007

32nd birthday – Chicago

Impromptu lunch with another college roommate

Celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday

2011 KY Derby – trip of a lifetime

This is just a small fraction.  I have 3 photo albums and 3 scrap books that continually remind me of my blessings and let me take a trip back down that sentimental memory lane.

I am curious.  How do you measure success?  Do we share similar values?

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Faith to Believe

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“The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.” — David Viscott

For seven months, a friend and I have been committed to praying together for the needs of our friends, ourselves, and family members.

Little by little, I mark off the list – my mom got a job, my friend got a job, their business is growing.  But those big areas, the ones that require a mighty move by God, have not been marked off.

Why is this couple still dealing with infertility?  Why is this friend going through another round of chemo therapy?  Why is the house not selling?  Why is this relationship not repaired?

As I was reading Romans 4, I uncovered the answer to my “why’s”.

God promised that Abraham and his descendants would possess the whole earth.  This promised was not based on something he did, but rather his faith in God.

Abraham entered his promise when he believed.

The answer is believing.  I have been spinning my wheels like the hamster in the hamster wheel.  Running in circles, feverishly praying, but not seeing the results I am looking/praying for.

I realized that my prayers were merely words uttered off a page and could only be brought to life by believing.  So, I went back through my prayer journal and started reading over my prayers and speaking belief over them.

  • We will be friends again.
  • My book will be published.
  • They will pursue a relationship with Christ.

and so on and so on…

Mark 11:24 says, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

What are you looking for today?  Do you have the faith to believe it is possible?