Success is so fickle. No matter what we do it seems someone else is mores successful than us. When you think you measure up in a certain category you’ll see yourself falling short in another. That’s the natural man trying to show us we can never measure up.

All of us humans we want to be successful. I doubt there has ever been anyone born who has no goals, accomplishments, or things they want to achieve. no matter how small or short sighted we all have that desire to achieve.

Problem is things don’t always work out. People go against us, fate doesn’t work with us, the odds just are not in your favor. And yet we press on with faith that we will eventually achieve.

For me this happens all the time. I have some goals, something I want to happen and I work towards it butt life just gets in the way and it doesn’t happen. I want that taste of success in making my goals but sometimes fate just goes the other way.

In  high school I wanted to make the high school boys soccer team. There seemed no better way to find success than to be on a “real” team.

So for four years I tried out in the hopes that I would find a spot on the roster.

I tried out all four years, I never even made it past the first cuts.

Now some might say it was because I didn’t put my heart into it, I didn’t practice, prepare right or get in good enough shape for the team.

Thing is every year I went to every conditioning session for the team. I played on multiple soccer teams each year diligently going to practices to get better,  always trying to improve my skills, become the best I could.

Now I’m not saying that I was better than the boys who made the team, I’m simply stating that I did do everything I could to make that team.

But it simply wasn’t meant to be.

Every year when I was cut I  promised myself I would make the cut next year. Next year I’d be on that soccer team.

Looking back I realize now how dangerous that thinking is.

I will be eternally grateful though for one of my good friends, John who in senior year invited me to come run track with him.

It took until senior year to realize I didn’t need the soccer team to find success. Thanks to Johns invitation I had ran track with John for nearly all of the year and as a result I was able to learn and grow so much by being on the track team.

I had found success.

Not the success I thought I’d find, certainly not the success of being on the Northridge soccer team. But rather I found the success of finding a love I never would have found otherwise, I found friends who I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Now it to a purely worldly outsider it doesn’t sound like I found success.

I mean come on, I never could make the lousy high school soccer team.

But, I learned how to run, which will probably help keep me in shape for the rest of my life if i use it. I learned self confidence that I can do hard things.

I went from taking 21 minutes to run 3 miles to just under 17 minutes. That’s a success for me.

I have learned that really it doesn’t matter what achievements we receive on the outside, its really all about what you learn.

So yeah, success it doesn’t come from the outside, it comes from within.

So all of you, I challenge you to find something, anything, that you’ve been trying to achieve and it has just never worked out and find why. It doesn’t matter if the world tells find from our Heavenly Father his plan and go for it.

I know you’ll all be amazing and find the success best for you.

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