The past few days have… worn. me. out. I keep hearing that phrase, “Be careful what you ask for.” As I continue to ask God to strip away anything in my life that is not conducive to living in His will for my life, He faithfully and painfully delivers. Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy.
In ten short days, I have given up a friendship and a career. Ouch. The really weird thing is that I have total peace about both situations. Something in me has fought to hang on to things that did nothing for who I’m called to be and I had no clue how to lay those things down on my own. Sadly, this always seems to be the case when something unhealthy in my life is pleasing my fleshly desires for achievement or success.
The following definitions are taken from http://www.dictionary.com.
verb (used with object)
1. to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
2. to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands.
3. to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.): a book that fulfills a long-felt need.
4. to develop the full potential of (usually used reflexively): She realized that she could never fulfill herself in such work.
verb (used without object)
1. to happen or terminate according to desire; turn out successfully; have the desired result: Our efforts succeeded.
2. to accomplish what is attempted or intended: We succeeded in our efforts to start the car.
3. to attain success
in some popularly recognized form, as wealth or standing: The class voted him the one most likely to succeed.
Did you read those carefully? Do you strive for fulfillment or for success? Personally, I think I’ll strive for “developing the full potential of” rather than simply having my life “happen or terminate according to my desires.”