I came across this thought today as I was reading my usual blog feeds. It captures my daily struggle between a successful life and a devoted life.
Humans are apt to treat God the way the first type of sports fan treats their favorite team. We expect that if we give our allegiance to God that He will be good to us. But that is not the sort of relationship that God wants with us. He doesn't need our allegiance. He is not an insecure demagogue trying to rally support. He calls us to worship Him not because He needs our worship, but because He knows there could be nothing better for us than to get caught up in his glory. --Betsy Childs
To be successful is temporary, to be devoted is ethereal and eternal. To get that promotion I've been bucking for only satisfies for a time. Then I will want more. To make that the center and measure of my life will always leave me wanting more. Jesus said "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it" (Matthew 16:25). And in another place John say of Jesus "In him was life, and that life was the light of men" (John 1:4). Real life is not found in the measure of our possessions, title or popularity but in knowing and being know by the creator.