I am a soccer mom. 2 of my kids play soccer. One is in AYSO and the other is in club soccer. It is one of my favorite sports to watch. I love the fast paced game and the amazing skills these young kids already possess. I have been known to yell at referees and am usually one of the loudest cheers you can hear from the sidelines. I attribute that to my cheer leading days where I learned to yell from my diaphragm.
This past weekend, my daughter’s club team went from Sweet 16 to Elite 8 to Final 4 in Cal South’s League Cup. So exciting! The match-up for our Final 4 game was against the number 1 Premier team in our league. They were undefeated all season. Our team is Silver Elite. We were playing a team 2 levels above us. We fought hard and at half time it was still 0-0. Great way to spend a Sunday morning at 8 am. (I even made it back in time for church, too.) Our team played amazing and were not dominated. However, we lost 0-1. Our parents cheered and applauded. It was a victory for us. As I glanced to the other side of the field to the “winning” team, I noticed no cheers or high fives or any sign of celebration. They were mad they only won by 1 because we were a lowly team. Their coach had made several threats to his team during the game at how much trouble they were going to be in at their next practice.
It got me thinking about success. Is it always winning? Of course not. Is it playing your best or giving your all? It can be. For our team, success was only losing by 1 to this advanced team. For the other team, success would have been winning by a landslide, which they normally do. What are you striving for in your life right now? How will you determine if you are successful?
Relationally: success may be a restored and/or thriving relationship.
Professionally: success may be financial gain or completion of a major task.
Financially: success may be making your payments with money to spare.
Spiritually: success is having a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our success spiritually is easy to define. You know Jesus and have a relationship with Him or you don’t. If you do, you have success. Knowing Jesus and leaning on Him through all areas of my life (relationally, professionally, financially, etc.) brings me great joy. I hope you too can find this type of success in your life.
Dream Big! Pray Big!