“We usually focus on what we’re doing or where we’re going, but God’s primary concern is who we’re becoming in the process.” – Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this quote. If I could tell each women that I speak to, each client that I coach only ONE thing, this is what I would want to tell them, “God, in the end, isn’t nearly as concerned with your success as you are.” He is much more worried about who you are becoming on the inside. When we get our focus right – abiding in Christ and making the choices that will help you become WHO God wants you to be, only then will we find…
…true success and true contentment.
I spent many years building a business, worrying whether or not I was doing things right. When I finally grasped the concept that Batterson is talking about, it freed me from these 3 traps of the enemy:
1. The Comparison Trap – When I am solely worried about pleasing God, it doesn’t matter what those around me are doing. Their road to success may not be the road that God wants me to take … and that’s ok.
2. The Failure Trap – I used to see failure as a big ugly monster just waiting to trip me up around every corner. Now I can view failures learning experiences. They don’t drag me down like sinking sand any longer. I can acknowledge them, learn from them and move on. One step closer to WHO God wants me to be.
3. The Success Trap – The world tells us that success = power and money. If you don’t have either of those then, honey, you haven’t “made it.” But God tells us that success in His book is FAR FAR different. Godly success means living our lives in such a way that we love Him above all else, and love others above ourselves. If we do only these 2 things in life, we are successes in God’s eyes.