Definitions of success are a varied as shades of gray. Inherent in most measures are quantities of money, recognition, and status. There are obviously other forms that quantify how well one achieved desired destinations. It is important to recognize that there are as many cynics to these other measures as those who recognize and appreciate the recognition.
For most in business management the recognition comes once a year. For others facing the reality of earning a living receiving recognition is problematic and haphazard. I don’t know if most managers just don’t care, yet I am sure that it isn’t the highest priority unless the relationship is at risk. Occasionally the good ones take regular time to stop, reflect, and give constructive feedback and praise. Given the range of behavior it is natural that our perceptions of God are as varied as there are people.
God is seen as a harsh task master who does not tolerate mistakes or independence. God is also viewed as a distant owner who merely watches and takes some perverse enjoyment with the soap opera that we call life. Compassion and mercy are no where to be found in either picture. Even those who are loyal to God struggle to explain where God is in moments of disaster, crisis, or tragedy. It is as if they want to believe yet are unsure how God views the individual.
When I have searched to understand my God I find something quite different. I find a God that is intimately involved in the messy details of life. I experience someone who is as interested in my success as I am. When I turn to the Divine I find the Spirit is already opening doors, strengthening my heart, and nurturing my soul. God words fit perfectly with this experience.
“I’ll give the sacred manna to every conqueror; I’ll also give a clear, smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name.” (Revelation 2.16)
God knows you intimately. God loves you intensely and without reservation. Your steps are ones the Spirit would like to share.