Here are three important truths to help you enjoy the life God wants you to live: (1) Believe God wants you to succeed. Give up the unscriptural notion that this life has no value. God has a special work for you to do - here and now (Jeremiah 29:11). You ask, 'What defines success?' Answer: the progressive achievement of a God-given goal resulting in feeling good about yourself. 'Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do' (Deuteronomy 29:9 NIV).
(2) Consult God before you set your goals. The Bible says, 'We should make plans - counting on God to direct us' (Proverbs 16:9 TLB). If you're constantly stressed out and confused, you may be on the wrong track. Go back and check with God; what has He told you to do? It's His will for you to succeed in these six areas: (a) spiritual; (b) relational; (c) physical; (d) mental; (e) social; (f) financial. 'Whatever he does shall prosper' (Psalms 1:3 NKJV).
(3) Invest in yourself. 'Though it cost all you have, get understanding' (Proverbs 4:7 NIV). If you're willing to spend money at fine restaurants but not on good books, your future is already determined. And the first book you need to invest in is a Bible. John writes, 'And the Word was God' (John 1:1 NIV). That means each time you read God's Word, you're depositing more of God into you. Wow! Think how that affects your life! Cultivate a teachable spirit. 'Let the wise listen and add to their learning' (Proverbs 1:5 NIV). This is the life God wants you to live!
Soulfood : Ex 16-18, Jn 2:1-11, Ps 23, Prov 26:10-12