Many years ago when I was young boy, I would observe adults, whether professionals or not, with new cars, new homes and other material possessions and I would say to myself that he or she is successful. They have everything anyone could ever want and are recognized wherever they go. But deep inside I was confused about what true success was because it always seemed to be related to money. I looked for the definition of success in the dictionary, which stated: “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals, the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.”
After reading these definitions I realized I wasn’t so wrong after all, because success
was always related to material things, but at the same time I wanted to do a little
digging to find out if successful people were happy. I started watching videos
of athletes, actors, and illustrious characters, and many of them said they
wished they had a normal life just like many of us do, and others said they wished
they could just go out and have a coffee with their friends in peace but since
they were so famous they got stopped all the time to get their picture taken or
to autograph something. Some of them found God along the way and discovered the
happiness they were lacking, realizing it was something money couldn’t buy,
because God is always waiting for us with open arms to embrace us and receive
us with love.
After watching dozens of videos and reading a multitude of interviews, I realized
that success does not bring happiness and happiness does not bring success, but
rather happiness comes from God. The closer we are to Him, the more he leads
the way and opens up our eyes to follow His will. True success is finding God
in your heart, not earning gobs of money.
I have a big house that we are fixing up little by little, two older cars that run well, three healthy children and one on the way, a wife that loves me to pieces and a fulfilling relationship with God. We don’t have money to spare, nor are we lacking anything. And love abounds, so I consider myself the most successful man in the world.