The world likes to define success by the measure of fame and fortune a person achieves. But in my devotions this morning, I came across a definition of success that really gave me something to ponder.

In my Bible footnotes, it defined success in God’s eyes as, “faithfully doing the work God gives you.” Wow! That really put things into perspective. While the world claims popularity and having it all makes you successful, God says true success comes through simple obedience to Him.

The Lord has placed a deep desire in my life to write inspirational fiction as well as non-fiction. Every now and then, I’ve received feedback from readers, expressing how they were touched by what I’d written. I can think of no truer blessing than knowing God has used what I write to bring honor to Him. It’s my constant prayer the Lord will continue to sow seeds of hope into the lives of others through what He leads me to write.

Writers are often tempted to gage their success by the number of books they sell or the amount of hits their sites receive. Yet, as Christian authors, is that truly what writing is about? Instead, isn’t it about touching lives and being a voice for God? Whether we write non-fiction or fiction, the message should be the same–one of God’s redemption, healing, and grace. If even one life is touched by what we write, then our writing is a success in God’s eyes.

The same is true in all walks of life. Whether you’re a stay at home mom, a teacher, a nurse, or a volunteer worker, God can use you right where you are–if you’re faithful to do what He calls you to.

“May he give you the desire of your heart

and make all your plans succeed.”

(Psalm 20:4)

What has God placed on your heart to accomplish? I’d love to hear your story.

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She thought she’d
lost everything
Instead she found
what she needed most.