Image yourself getting in your car to go “somewhere” without clearly defining where “somewhere” is. How do you get there? How will you know when you have arrived? You’d probably never do this, yet this is how many people live their lives.
Most people will tell you they want to be successful, yet they’ve never defined for themselves what success is.
We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this. Our definition may not be all inclusive, and might not be the one that you adopt, and that’s OK. The important thing is that you develop a definition that works for you.
This is what success looks like to us. A successful life:
Aligns with your purpose in life
Is attractive to others; enjoyable and fulfilling even when things are uncomfortable and difficult
Makes the greatest difference to the most people
Is on a trajectory to continue a legacy after we’re gone
Feel free to borrow our definition, or develop one of your own. Take a few minutes right now to create your own points of success. A successful life:
Good! Now we’ll begin to talk about what it means to build a life from the inside out! (Excerpt from our ebook, "It's OK and Possible to Love Your Life.")
Most people what to be successful, but they've never taken the time to define exactly what success means to them. Here's our definition of success:
GAP Crossers value fruitfulness over busyness. Fruitfulness is the byproduct of “abiding relationships,” which means being fully present in each moment, with God and the person or people we are with. This is something we call living WOW in the NOW.
IMPORTANT LIFE SECRET…
Results don’t matter if they’re not those intended by God. To get God’s results, we need an alignment with His perspective regarding ourselves and whoever we are interacting with:
God’s perspective of self
HIs perspective and instruction regarding who we’re interacting with
Accurate application of His will and timing
TRANSITIONING INTO A BETTER LIFE…
LIFE is a Person, a Relationship, a Purpose and a Destiny. It comes through the right knowledge applied through the right understanding by following the right wisdom. It’s not self, but Christ-conscious. It’s not to prove that we’re right, but to express ourselves from our place in Him (Who is always right).
Life is to be fully loved and to love. Life rests in LOVE. Its Destination is NOW! It can only be experienced fully in the moment, every moment of every day. It never settles at an arrival point. True life is abundant and releases great joy. It’s never disappointed.
LIFE’S ONLY AGENDA is to BE aligned with and participating in what has already been finished by Christ.
It always expresses its essence by expressing God’s love. Life sings and laughs and shines! It takes risks but is never driven by fear. Life is the mastery of relationship, not the control of outcome. It comes as we detach ourselves from the outcome and focus on the process and journey into deepening relationship. Life always is always in a perpetual state of worship, regardless of circumstance.
Life is about creative innovation through an ongoing experience with our Creator. It’s not owned or controlled by anyone else. Its only Source is God. Life enjoys every mission.
Life is never about grasping or hording but believing and experiencing and transforming. Life never has to make a name or prove. It is peace, so it makes peace. It never judges according to circumstance, common sense, or reason.
YAHWEH – He who creates that which already existed.
1. He who causes that which is to be.
2. He who causes that which can’t be, to fall.
Alignment with Yahweh is (through faith in Christ’s grace) “acting out of His behavior” and falling away from all other behaviors.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” - John 14:6 KJV
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10 KJV
LIFE’S ABOUT FOLLOWING THE RIGHT “WHY?”
When this becomes the Priority, any HOW becomes bearable, and often enjoyable. It’s not about winning or losing, getting bottom-line results, or reaching a final destination.
Life is about growing into our fullest perfect selves. It’s about gaining increasingly better perspective and filling the void between what we see in God’s presence and where we currently find ourselves.
Life is countercultural and counterintuitive. It is its own unique culture. It’s not about taking what we need, but about waiting and rejoicing as God fulfills His own needs through us.
Life is about stringing together as many enjoyable moments into as many enjoyable hours, into as many enjoyable days as possible.
Life dances and worships while it works. Life is about lifting and releasing and sharing and giving and blessing. Through Christ, we are life and our purpose it to share Him with as many people as possible.
THE GREAT COMMANDMENT that fulfills all commandments is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” - Matthew 22:37-39 KJV
• Our Heart - Our motive (will) reveals who or what we worship.
• Our Soul (mind and emotion) – expresses that devotion through words and actions that tell a story.
• Our Strength – determines the source that empowers our worship (“what spirit we are of.”
GAP CROSSERS are on a journey of transformation of heart, soul, and strength so we can tell History (God’s story) accurately.
NOTHING IS WORSE THAN WASTED LIFE! If God exists, (and we are SURE that He does), it seems rational to conclude that He alone (as our Designer) is competent to define what success truly looks like.
NOTHING COULD BE MORE TRAGIC than investing your life’s energy into things that fail to fulfill God’s purpose and will for your life. Wasted life is paramount to wasting His life. The same ONE that gave us life, gave His Son’s life to ensure our success. It’s fortunate that He cares enough to give us instructions on how to succeed in His eyes. It’s unlikely however, that we’ll hear these instructions if we’re passive about it.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33 KJV
According to the Bible, if we prioritize being in “right relationship” with God, approaching Him His way (His Kingdom), everything else we NEED in life will be ADDED to us. That really ought to get our attention.
Could it get any easier? Success from God’s perspective is RELATIONAL. We seek Him. He reveals where He is and what He wants us to do. We obey through the ability and strength He offers. We see more clearly Who He is. Ironically, we also learn more about who we are, and Walla…we go a little deeper into His blueprint for success.