Success? It All Amounts to Nothing

by Sunday, August 16, 2015

IMG_2142Hello water walkers!

I still can’t believe my first book “When God Said Yes” is launching in 2 weeks! I’m trying my best to take it all in, while trying my best not to panic. There’s SO much to be done. I’m extremely grateful for my husband who literally pulled me away from my laptop the other night and made me go out for dinner. I had crab legs, my favorite. A small break was exactly what I needed to endure the craziness of what’s about to go down.

Meanwhile, I was having bible study the other morning, and came across the following scripture:

Then I considered all that my hands had done & the toil I had expanded in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was NOTHING to be gained under the sun. Ecc 1:11

I found it ironic that I “randomly” came across this scripture. Why? The night before my husband and I were discussing what success meant for us. I told him my definition of success was being able to live off of my gifts. Sounded pretty good to me, except this scripture. This scripture is giving me life. Let’s dig deeper:

  • “Then I considered all that my hands had done & the toil I had expanded in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind…”. Reading this caused me to think about all of the work I’ve put into my blog, my book, and expanding my brand. I thought about my desires to give a TED Talk one day, be a New York Times Best Selling Author, and purchase a home. All of these things, if not careful, is vanity and striving after the wind.
  • “And there was NOTHING to be gained under the sun.” Of course I want to be a respected author, successful entrepreneur, and accomplish all of my goals. However, in reality, it’s NOTHING to be gained. All of these things fade away. *Kanye shrug*

So what am I saying? Should we no longer strive for better? Of course not. I think we have to maintain the perfect balance of being content (Philippians 4:11), while chasing our dreams. We also must re-learn the definition of success. For the believer, true success is being an authentic child of the most high God.

Now go be successful!

Love Always,

Nik

P.S. My book tour for Chicago is SOLD OUT (God did that). However, I’ll be in Atlanta next month. For more information click here.

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