Posted By Denise Miller Holmes on Friday
Savvy Article #1001
If you are one of those hypie types that get’s a glow from setting and reaching goals, if you have listened to every Tony Robbins tape, and if you believe wholeheartedly that writing down your goals with a time limit MAKES them happen, I’m about to burst your bubble.
After much failure and delayed gratification, I have learned that …Our character is more important to God than reaching our goals, and He will allow us to be frustrated and in pain in order to shape our character.
And, like the song says, it’s about the climb, not the destination.
I used to be Type A, and I loved setting and reaching goals. What a high. But in college, I started to fail. My life didn’t fit me. Something was wrong. It took me awhile to adjust.
Now, I thank God for my earlier failures. I learned a hard lesson. You might anticipate that I learned perseverance—to be the little engine that could. Yes, I learned that, but, more importantly, I learned … the point of life is NOT success.
At first, I could hardly believe it, but God just kept hitting me over the head with a two-by-four engraved with that message. Eventually, it sank in.
What the point really is becomes evident when you combine the next few Bible verses:
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 (NASB)
Couple the above verse with Romans 8:28, and THE POINT begins to emerge.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (NASB)
So far, so good. Things working for good. I can get with that. But then there is the punch line in verse 29:
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; . . . (NASB)
Now see … the James and Romans verses are not “when God closes a door, He opens a window” verses. The big payoff that God promises is internal, not external in our circumstance.
When I first discovered this, it felt like bad news.
I, like most people, like my short-term hits of happiness (See Lust For Rewards: My “Cocaine” Habit). Apparently, ultimately, becoming like Christ makes us happy (lacking in nothing). And that’s the point!
Crud. I wanted this to be easy.
As time has marched on, I have accepted the battle of life, the climb, but I haven’t gotten to the place where I adore it.
I want to be like Christ, but, in my emotions, I feel the pain and would like “becoming like Christ” to happen by osmosis, while I am having fun working at something I love; enjoying an in-demand speaking career; or experiencing those small, personal successes that consistently warm my soul. And I want this NOW.
All this said, I do not believe that God is out to make us frustrated losers. But even if you are as successful as Donald Trump, it doesn’t change the fact that success is not the point! Even within success, there are struggles.
To live through these struggles, remember that each battle, no matter how small, has the potential to grow our character, heal our wounds, and help us rise above our faults. Every one.
Ultimately, our struggles bring a long-lasting happiness that ease cannot.
This is true. It’s about becoming like Christ. It’s about the climb.
See Miley Cyrus sing The Climb
See the opposite philosophy in this Tony Robbins video.