A while ago I watched Steve Harvey’s story on Oprah’s OWN channel, where he spoke about his journey towards success. He mentioned what he called, the lowest point of his life; he was homeless, living in his vehicle and having to clean himself in hotel bathrooms. This particular day he was naked in the bathroom covered with paper towels, drying himself, when a couple of guys entered the bathroom; he ran into a stall to hide himself until they left. The image of himself standing completely naked in the stall with paper towels on his body made him cry. He looked up to God and said, “really, this is what it’s come to.” He was ready to give up on his dream and go back home but he decided to check his voicemail one more time and there was a message from an agent with a gig. That gig was the stepping stone to the very successful career he now has.
I was inspired by his story of experiencing such a low place in his life but lately I’ve been thinking about his story from a different angle. He told about the lowest point in his life but is that the whole story. This is no judgement towards Mr.Harvey but he left his family behind on his journey towards success. Was the bathroom the lowest place or the internal feeling of risking everything, including family, to accomplish your goals.
I had to ask myself this morning, is this the lowest place of my life? I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and a loving supportive family but on the flip side, I am struggling financially, I have no career opportunities currently and feel like my life is at a standstill. Should I be as happy as I am? The frustration and sadness I spoke about in my previous post, I believe came because I was looking at the world’s standard of success. Your productivity equates to your value in this world. Don’t get me wrong I feel we all should be productive individuals contributing to the betterment of our society but at what cost.
Is your happiness tied to the balance in your bank account, the amount of friends you have, your spouse/partner? Unbeknownst to me for so long,my happiness was tied to money, I feel like this journey has allowed me to rearrange my priorities. Most people know Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The “all things” part, we usually think refers to you being able to accomplish anything and you can cause God is good like that but if we include verse 12 we will see exactly what Paul is referring to when he says “all things.”
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13
The “all things” refers to being content in “all situations.” God can and God will help you through this but he needs to be the center of everything. Every decision you make, every step you take needs to be done with him leading you through the Holy Spirit.
So like you read in my last post I have moments when I slip up and my happiness slips into being dependant on my success but I’m thankful to the Holy Spirit for getting me back to what really matters, my internal success. I trust and believe that my situation can and will change because I have Jesus at the center of it all.
I write these posts to hopefully be a source of encouragement for those who take the time to read them but ultimately I am chronicling the steps towards good Godly success. My internal success does not match my outward appearance at the moment but that’s how God works. He works inside out so that he gets the glory, as he very well should.