A New Way of Success

 

Jan17“Search for it like silver, and hunt for it like hidden treasures, then you will understand.” Proverbs 2:4-5

The above scripture started a workbook on a study that soaks in the scripture of James. When I read those words earlier this week, I was surprised but then again not.

I’d read the same scripture exactly one week prior as the reading for a group gathering. And in that gathering I’d written to be persistent in seeking His treasure, His wisdom.

And just weeks before, I’d chosen a word for the year-PERSEVERANCE.

Honestly at the time when I chose the word I’d defined it as persevering in the places I wanted to grow in-my writing, my photography, my coaching business, for example.

And in those places of growth were multiple tasks of how to get myself BIGGER, more into the market place through social media and networking.

And hopefully creating new, valuable product as that is my favourite part.

But I left that goal as a possibility only because I felt I hadn’t reached the success level  to create something new.

I didn’t think it wise to create more when I still had inventory of past collections.

And not wise as (getting real and honest here) having not collected the amount back of the investment I’d already made into all my current creations. So making money an arching goal seemed like a wise thing to do.

I joined an entrepreneur  group to learn the multiple ways of marketing, made a binder of goals broken down into steps, vision boards, and daily, monthly, year success sheets to consistently “plan, do, review.”

I started listening to daily motivation videos.

But with all these items, just days in, my motivation began to slip away like water into a drain.

But I persevered! Kept doing the tasks on my list. The daily ‘to do’s even though the past confusion of where to focus my time and efforts began returning.

Does this resonate with anyone else?

Doing and persevering to get the goals completed you’ve placed upon yourself? Or have created a list of unfinished projects or dreams to start, yet confusion of what to focus on-where to spend your time and efforts-creeps in?

You are not alone! It’s one my biggest struggles, my friend.

And even though I wasn’t seeking God’s treasure as I started persevering my way to do what I felt were the next steps to grow, to succeed this year, He sought out me.

For He knew my way was only heading me toward frustration and burn-out.

He graciously, in His perfect plan, made me reflect on these words during that group gathering.

“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of the faithful ones.” Proverbs 2:7-8.

He holds success and guards and protects my course. 

And what is my part?

To turn my ears to wisdom, to apply my heart for understanding, and persevere in this like seeking for hidden treasure.

“turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding–indeed if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you search for it as for hidden treasure then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:2-5

That’s it!

So in this mid-January, as I began my study of James, I’ve revised my goals to three.

  1. To get wiser in God’s word
  2. To be encouraged
  3. To seek God’s treasure, His wisdom and will for Me

I do still have my lists, my daily tasks, my goals, and intentional day planning. These are not bad things, unless they become the way to achieve the successes we want derived from our own minds.

Instead, may we as daughters and sons of Christ show that success is not in what we do,  pushing ourselves to be better and greater, but in how we persevere in seeking God’s treasure, His wisdom that fully completes us.

And in this perseverance of His wisdom, He will guide our workings.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4

 

 

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “A New Way of Success

  1. I love how God sought you out, Lynn. Thank you for being so honest here. Yes, I’ve been through that, too. We can so easily forget to set our goals only through the channel of His wisdom and grace, can’t we? As you remind us here, OUR way only leads us to frustration and burn-out. Thank you for inspiring me to hunt for His wisdom like hidden treasures. Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Yes, such wise words Sandi. Pray then do! It’s not snowing today and our temperatures are quite high for this time of year. Much nice than the deep freeze we had last week! I hope you enjoy the snow! I know it can be a bit of challenge too for any type of traveling.

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  2. Lynn a lot of good stuff here. I love the statement about persevering in seeking God’s treasure. It is what keeps me going in the hard times when I’m full of His treasures to hold on to.

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  3. Lynn, what great goals. It’s pretty cool to see how God meets us and guides us when we are open to Him. When we set our minds on Christ and following Him fully, He has a way of bringing other things (hopes, dreams, goals, etc) to pass in His way and His timing. I love that you’re seeking the treasure that is His word

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  4. Lynn, this speaks to my heart SO MUCH. I have been wrestling with goals, with writing, with allthethings and wanting clarity and direction. You know what? I just keep hearing God lead me to stillness, to spending time with Him in His Word and to STOP doing all the ‘pushing’ and ‘plotting’… I fear it has all become more important than HIM. My priorities need to shift and realign. Your post is one more gentle nudge into that place. Thank you for this. ❤

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    1. I think we are kindred spirits Chris! Striving to do so much with a million ideas…I’d love to hear more about your journey of stillness! If you ever want to write something here on that, you ever so welcome. I have a feeling it may be where this ministry of this blog is heading toward–reminding ourselves of our identity in Him where ‘pushing’ and ‘plotting’ is no longer felt and needed.

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  5. Thanks Lynn, I needed this reminder today. I too need God’s wisdom, especially today since both of my Educational Assistants are away and I have 10 students with special needs who will only want me, not a substitute who is a stranger to them.
    (-: Kerry

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  6. God always knows us best, doesn’t he? Perseverance is a big word to learn from in 2018. I tend to go to the practical first when conquering a goal or in this case embracing a word for the year. I am so glad to learn from your experience and January is not even over yet.

    God took your possible meltdown and already turned it into good. I can’t wait to hear more as the year goes on.

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  7. Hi Lynn! In my wanderings, trying to grow my speaking ministry, I have tried to market myself too. To try and get bigger, but now I wonder if I am just where I am supposed to be today. Maybe I don’t have to worry so much about getting my name out there…I do what I can, and then the rest is up to the Lord. He will show me my treasure, where my heart should lie.
    Learning how to balance everything is such a difficult thing sometimes. But I keep telling myself that yes, I can work to move the ministry, but really, the only one who moves it is the Lord. That gives me some peace about it all.
    May God lead you to fulfill your three goals, and open you to new wisdom too through his apostle!
    Ceil

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