Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Who Are We Succeeding For?

When I was 13, the teachers and my peers at Del Dios Middle School awarded me with the title “Most Likely to Succeed.” 

“Aren’t you proud,” people would ask.
“So, what are you going to do,” people would wonder.
“How do you feel,” is the question that would follow.

I’ve written about the importance of accepting compliments, but honors and awards are different than compliments. Actual recognition seems to come with some unspoken expectation that you will exceed the desired outcome of those awarding you the honor. 

At least, that’s how I felt about it. I went into high school thinking I should not only already be a news anchor in some small town, but that I should also know exactly how I was going to succeed! Talk about pressure.

Recently, I learned I was the recipient of an unexpected honor of appreciation at work, and the first thing I thought of was how was I going to live beyond it. 

Does an Academy-Award Winning Actor stop pursuing roles that challenge him or her? Or, do they pursue the things that push them beyond even that line?

The answers are this:

We should always push ourselves to be better than we already are, while accepting and understanding our own limitations. 

But, we should never strive to please everyone and meet everyone else’s expectations of us. We would go absolutely crazy trying to do so, and their expectation is nowhere near the same as our own.

And, you know what? I’m not the center of the world, and neither are “they.” 

Romans 8:28, 31
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? 
If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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