• Lexie Thiery

What Defines You



"I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and me in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can of nothing."

-John 15:5

"You've got to go to college, thats the only way to land a decent job"

"You've got to be married by the time you are 27, or else your clock will be ticking"

"You've got to work a 9-5 job with benefits, or else you just wont have stability."

"You've got to work out, eat clean 100% of the time, and maintain a slim physique, never get what you want on the restaurant menu, or you aren't healthy"

"You have to get plastic surgery to get better boobs, or you wont have the total package"

All of these are things I've heard so many times throughout my high school and young adult life.

So many expectations. So many ways that people are defining success.

And I know it might not look like it at first glance, but if you read into what those phrases say...they are all about how successful you are here on earth.

We are content with out lives most of the time.

Until swim suit season comes.

Or someone is buying their dream home

Or someone quit there 9-5 job to be a stay at home mom, while you are working a job thats draining you.

Or you hear that your kids best friend just got an award for all a's, when yours is struggling to even pass his classes.

Or you see your best friend just went on a shopping spree and bought all new clothes, while you are struggling to even pay rent or buy groceries.

Im guilty of it. I constantly am telling myself the lie that I need to be more, have more, or do more. I let the number in my bank account, how full my closet is, or how often I can go on fancy vacations define my success.

But I've come to the realization that none of that is actual success. At least, not in Gods eyes.

God wants us to have money. He wants us to be financially stable. He wants us to have clothes that fit and that make us feel good. He also wants us to take time off for ourselves and relax.

But what if we didnt have those things? What if none of that even mattered. What if all you had was a bible and the clothes on your back.

Would that be enough?

So much of our lives we spend giving attention to the next best thing, or the thing that tv says we CANT live without. And when someone else gets a head of us, or we see that they have more than us; money or material, we lose our heads.

But ya know, I think that there is beauty is having little. I constantly wonder what my life would be like if God decided he didnt want me to have any of the things that I currently have.

And thats not an awesome feeling, but at the same time....it humbles me to know just how much I need Jesus. And if all I had was a bible and a voice to teach it to others, man....id call that success.

Gods really been pushing on my heart strings lately to let things go. To really evaluate my definition of success. Because for a long long time I've always equated wordy things as success. But when I step back and think about all of the things that I called "success"...I realize that all of those things let me down, and they change.

But God doesn't.

If I am going to pursue excellence in all things, I want it to be for the glory of Christ, not me.

Are you worshipping success more than Jesus?

I know I have. And it scares the crap out of me.

What you behold is what you become.

So make me more like Jesus.

That means that more of my time and energy is spent in the Love Story that is Gods Word. Drinking Deeper from that well, not the dried up well of the world.

We find true contentment when we recognize that every good and perfect thing is from above. The fruitfulness that we are constantly searching for is found in Him.

Its not easy friend, I know that. But thats why we have the Spirit in us. He guides, directs, redirects, and taps us on the shoulder when the void in our hearts starts to fill up with possessions and people.

We just have to have hearts open enough to let Him in, and then to protect that bond daily.

Reflect on todays verse:

"I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and me in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can of nothing."

-John 15:5

1. How does this make you redefine success? Are there any areas of your life that you are holding onto, or maybe pouring into that are causing you to fill the space where Jesus fits?

2. How is God speaking to you through this verse? What stands out to you the most?

3. Was there a lesson in this passage? How does it pertain to your life right now?

4. How do you feel God is using this passage to you move and grow you?

5. What are some steps you can take this week to embrace, and live out this truth?

Father,

I am successful because I am alive in You. Thank you for the reminder of just how blessed I am in this moment. Help me to never forget that anything that I achieve, or any success that I have is because of You. I want everything I do, say, and think to align with you Father. I want my life to be lived for your glory, not mine.

Amen


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