How Do You Know When You’ve Made It?
How do you know when you’ve “made it?” When have you arrived? Is it based on money? Status? Recognition?
If these are the things you are chasing, you could be running in circles for a while. No matter what position you take, there will be someone higher. No matter how much money you make, someone out there has more. And no matter how many people sing your praises, you will remain unfulfilled if you cannot recognize your own inherent self-worth.
How many people do you know still don’t know “who they are” or “what they want to be”? Part of becoming successful is having confidence in your abilities and being secure with your identity. But your identity is more than your job, your past, and your relationships.
Most of us are familiar with the “rat race” and the disheartening drive to keep up with the Joneses. It’s what drives people to work too much, develop insecurities, and croak with “I wish I’d spent more time with my family” on their lips.
But here’s the secret:
If you’re worried about making it, you’re never going to make it.
But once you know who you are, you can begin living out your purpose–not just following someone else’s path.
The search for your identity doesn’t have to take a lifetime. While we are all unique, we all have something in common:
We can discover our identity in Jesus Christ
When you recognize your identity as the child of a loving God–made with a purpose, fashioned in his image, and infused with his very breath of life–you can truly begin loving your neighbor. Seeing your neighbors as brothers and sisters in Christ can douse smoldering coals of jealousy with a living water which whispers, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
When you stop living for the world and begin living in Christ, you will be amazed at the results.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col 3:23-24, NIV)
But be warned: the measure of a Christian’s life is not success, and it’s not happiness:
But if you follow him and become a student of his word, you will find a joy capable of carrying you through the most difficult trials. You have to ask yourself this question:
“Will you follow the Son of the living God?”
So maybe the secret to “making it” simply involves a decision.
Have you made it?
About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.