What is Success?

Have you ever thought about what constitutes success? When you think about the word, what comes to mind?

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When I think about it, I think about a great career, making loads of money, mansions, yachts, fancy cars, nice clothes and exotic vacations.

My definition of success matches what this world and media have indoctrinated me with.

However, this is the wrong definition of success.

Success holds different meanings to different people. What success might mean for one person may not mean for the next.

As a Christ follower, we are not to define success the way the world does. We are not to chase after the temporal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

What is the use of chasing after something that won’t last or give you fulfillment?

I know loads of people who have a ton of money and by the world’s standard are successful. But if truth be told, they are the most miserable people walking the face of this earth.

Why? Because God never meant for us to be chasing after idols. He made us to chase after Him. He created us to worship Him and have intimacy with Him.

Believe me, it’s not easy living in a world where our senses are bombarded daily by advertisements, social media, music, television and movies.

Someone is always selling us something. There is this underlying subliminal message repeating itself.  Buy this and you will be happy. Go here and it will change your life. Do this and you will be famous. Follow this strategy and you will be successful? Drink this or eat that, see this or do that… get the point?

We are constantly driven, chasing after that “next” thing which we “think” will make us happy, fulfilled or successful.

But it’s all a lie, we are just chasing after wind.

Jesus is the only one who can give us joy. He is the only one who can deeply satisfy us. He is the only one who can fill that void. He is the only one who can complete us.

When we have Him and live for Him, we are a success. It’s as simple as that.

Today my prayer is you will see the futility of chasing after things which are temporal and not eternal. May the Lord open the eyes of your heart to see Him and may you sense His profound love for you. His love is the only thing that can truly satisfy you.

What do you define success as? What does success look like to you?


  • Like you, I thought that was the right view of success. Now I realize if I seek God, try to touch lives in a changing way, raise children who follow God, honor my husband and write words from the heart, creating art… that is the success that fulfills me

  • Eileen

    Yep…any time I chase after anything other than Him I either end up falling flat on my face or unfulfilled.

  • Eileen

    Yep…any time I chase after anything other than Him I either end up falling flat on my face or unfulfilled

  • great post, pilar! you ever see the film “you can’t take it with you”? it’s a frank capra film starring jimmy stewart and talks about that idea of material success being fleeting and that how we live our lives in relation to others is the definition of true success!

    having lived a life where i have gotten everything i’ve ever wanted, i have found stuff does nothing but clutter up not only my home but my heart and mind. give me life with relationship rather than a big house with toys.

    • Amen, Tim. It’s wonderful to get your perspective on this. Just makes this all the more real. I appreciate you and what a blessing to know what you know. The truth.

      • thanks, pilar. you are a truly amazing person and getting to know you and learn your perspective has been a true blessing for me. keep spreading the good news, my friend! i am humbled to know you and call you friend.

        • Awww, you are so kind. Thank you so much. I think you are awesome and I’m blessed to know you, Tim. 🙂

  • Pilar, I think my biggest struggle is to allow others to define success for me, whether in the workplace or as a creative. It takes courage to step into the path God has called me to, when it does not coincide with others’ definition of success. Sometimes I lose heart and succumb against this pressure I feel

    • I struggle too. I get sucked into the whole thing. It was just this past weekend when the Lord spoke to me very clearly that I was able to see my own folly.

      • I had a good vision weekend too, Pilar. Excited about the renewed focus and passion I am discovering…and the repentance

  • Pilar, I agree with you. I have lived most of my life with an outcome-based definition of success (Did I win the game? Did I make the sale? How much money did I make?, etc…). The Lord has been trying to teach me a new way. He’s been showing me that true success is being obedient to Him and being in His presence. I hope that I soon truly understand this at the deepest part of my soul. Thanks for your post!

    • Thanks for visiting, Jim Lange. I really appreciate your taking the time out to read my post and leave a comment. I can so relate to what you wrote. I too want my gaze to be focused on the One, the hope of glory.