Are you doing what it takes to succeed? So many people underestimate how much is required when they set out to do anything at a high level. This post discusses the definitions of worldly and Godly success, setting goals, and being honest with yourself about your will to succeed.
A long time ago, I wanted to be successful. Back then, that meant climbing the corporate ladder and making a lot of money. It meant getting respect from people because of a title underneath my name and being well-liked because of my accomplishments.
But then came my walk in the desert—life’s desert. Much like a real one, life’s desert is a place of trial and testing, and of survival. It’s a place where money has no value and where things that were once taken for granted now come at a premium. It’s a place that challenges you to keep moving forward when you aren’t sure where you’re going or if you’ll make it out alive.
Among the many lessons I’ve learned here, the desert has taught me a thing or two about success. Above all, it has taught me to redefine it. Today, my success has less to do with how well I appear to be doing on the outside, and much more about who I am on the inside. I’ve also learned another critical lesson—something I overlooked for years—that may very well have been the reason I struggled for so long.
I wasn’t always willing to do what it takes.
What do you do when you want to give up?
Are you tired of trying again and again, finding that all of your effort appears to be wasted and that everything is getting harder instead of easier? Have you done a lot and only gotten a little result?
A lot of people, Christians and non-believers alike, struggle to succeed. Ironically, we sometimes struggle the most when we are trying to do something we want to do. This blog post was written to those of you who are thinking of giving up on your dream, passion, or that goal that continues to elude you.
The desert is a cruel place, a lonely place, and not for the weak. Sometimes you end up there because you take a wrong turn, and other times you’re forced to go through it because there’s no other way. All you can see around you is an endless ocean of sand - no signs, no roads, and no one else to carry the load when you can’t go on anymore.
Like a real desert, there are times in life when we go around in circles, unable to find our way out of a difficult place. Times like these look bleak, and we aren’t sure which way to go, or that any of the paths ahead will lead us to the Promised Land.
When I created The Desert Walker, I intended to write about the challenges and struggles Christian men and women face in real life, day in and day out. Just prior to launching this blog, I wrote down more than thirty topics I wanted to cover. However, after looking back over previous posts, I realized only a few of those original ideas had been explored. So in the months ahead, this blog will take a different tone as we dive deeper into the daily life of the struggling Christian. Rather than trying to explain what that means, I’ll let you find out for yourself.
My wife and I got into a conversation the other day about how much my life has changed in the last several years. I have undergone a major (and much-needed) overhaul. Of all the things I have changed, the way I make decisions is perhaps the most significant. I’ve had my share of “what were you thinking?” moments, and looking back on some of my poor choices have left me wondering why I ever did some of the things I did.
Career and relationships are probably the two areas of my life in which I have struggled the most and I’m not alone. Why does it seem like we have to make so many bad choices before we start to figure things out?