What Is Success?

Jeff Munroe

READ : Proverbs 16:1-9

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (v. 3)

As a month of camp comes to a close, it’s natural to wonder if we’ve been successful. How do you measure success in a venture such as ours? There isn’t a bottom line; we made no product or profit. Oh sure, like anything in life, there is a business side to what we do, and the camp has to at least break even to stay afloat. But that doesn’t motivate any of the one hundred volunteers who worked here for the month or the hundreds of others who brought kids here.

On second thought, there is a product we were making. The product is changed lives. Our mission—“to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith”—was also our motive. And there is a profit—a profit to the Kingdom of God.

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” is balanced by verse nine: “the human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.” We’ve spent a month living faithfully to God. We’ve planned hard and worked hard, and we’ve seen the Lord’s direction. This month almost 2,000 young people have been touched by our ministry. Success is found in the proverbial concepts we’ve been studying: wisdom, trust, discipline, and faithfulness.


Lord, may we be successful in your sight.