Many women come to me for counsel or mentoring. I am honored and blessed to be in that season of life where I can pour into younger women. Women ask for advice on careers, ministry, singleness, marriage, parenting, and just doing life in hard places. I depend on the wisdom of God to guide these conversations (James 1:5). What most women are usually asking is “how can I be successful?”Trophies of this world will rust, fade, crumble and give no life to those that come after us. Click To Tweet
I am writing this on Mother’s Day and remembering my Mom’s own story. At fifteen, her grandmother came to live with her and they shared a room together. In the evenings, her grandmother opened up the bible and shared with mom the love of Christ. At fifteen, my mom gave her life to Jesus and my world, my daughters’ world, and now my grandchildren’s world has been forever changed. I never knew my great grandmother but I can’t wait to meet her in heaven and give her a big hug and tell her thank you for caring enough to share Jesus with my Mom.
The greatest gift my mother ever gave me was her love for Christ. Out of that love, she loved God’s word, she loved the church, she loved her family, and she loved serving others. Jesus gave my mom abundant life and eternal life. I watched my mom battle breast cancer. I was there when she planned her funeral with her pastor, insisting it be a worship experience, which it was. My mother’s faith was real and she lived her life and faced her death firmly anchored to Christ.No amount of money, corporate position, or fame, will ever come near the gift of Jesus. Click To Tweet
Women, no matter what we accomplish in this life, no accolade of men, no amount of money, no corporate position, no fame, or social media platform success will ever come near the gift of Jesus. His is the ultimate success. He poured out his mercy and grace and exchanged it for our sin. He adopted us into the family of faith with a new identify and a new destiny. Nothing compares to this. When you build your life on the truth of Jesus, you can stand strong and confident in all circumstances.
I pray whatever I do in my life will always point people to Jesus. One day, like my mom, I will leave this world. You will too. May we leave behind the aroma of Christ for our children, grandchildren, and future generations. If we leave behind only the trophies of this world, they will rust, fade, crumble, and give no life to those that come after us. My mother left me a deep faith lived out in authentic worship and wonder of the one who gave her life. That, my dear friend, is success.
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised. Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.” Proverbs 31:30-31
How does your life define true success?