What is my definition of success?
Your definition is yours, no one else’s, so you don’t need anyone’s approval and you don’t have to alter it to fit into some little “acceptable” box. But you do have to know what your definition of success is or you won’t know what your end goal is or why you’re working for it. If you define success as being able to pay the mortgage and keep the lights on and that’s what motivates you, there’s nothing wrong with that.
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In Luke 18, Jesus shares some parables and lessons. His first is around how we “ought always to pray and not lose heart”. One part of prayer is persistence. Jesus tells the story of a widow who kept coming over and over to the judge seeking justice. God wants us to persevere in prayer. When we do, Jesus says “will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily”. Jesus makes it clear that we need to continue to pray and not give up. Throughout scripture, we’re told that God listens and answers. We merely need to keep asking.
The question comes to Jesus about how we should prayer. He gives two examples – one on how not to pray – on on how to…
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