People have varying ideas on success in life. We all tend to overrate certain things. Watch this humorous yet poignant presentation by Rick Atchley, who spoke at the ACU opening assembly in 2013. In that speech, he shared three things in life that are overrated:
Success in Life
A brief summary of Rick’s points:
1. “Grades Are Overrated.”
“Life is not about competitions won. It’s about connections made.” How important are grades in the game of life?
2. “Happiness Is Overrated.”
“Happiness is an accident, but joy is a choice.” How do you rate happiness?
3. “Success is Overrated.”
“Most people think the issue is the largeness of their problems. It’s not. The real issue is the smallness of their goals.” What does success in life mean to you?
“You Were Meant for A Calling”
Rick says, “You were meant for a calling, not just a career.”
And His words are not limited to just college students. Not matter what your age or circumstance, hear what Rick says and apply the principles to your life: “God is inviting you into a bigger story.”
I challenge you to find that story. Find His story.
I was impressed and challenged by the words of this pastor/speaker and his realistic view of overrated things in life. I hope his words encouraged you as well.
One Thing in Life That’s Underrated
And even as you think about the words from Rick Atchley, I’d like to add there’s one “thing,” one “person” in life that’s always underrated: God Himself. Listen to the words from Psalm 36:5 in the Message translation:
God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.
We underrate His character; we underrate His purpose. We underrate His power; we underrate His love. You will never overrate Him. Because He will always exceed your limited understanding.
My Personal Prayer for You
Teach us your wisdom. Help us not be deceived by things in life that are overrated. Instead, show us the true meaning and purpose of our days, and what true success, life, and joy is all about. Show us the path to you, God, through your precious son, Jesus. May your story become our story as we live out our days for you. And forgive us for overrating the wrong things in life and underrating the largeness of who you really are.
Do you agree with Rick’s statements about what true success in life is all about? What things in life do you feel are overrated?
For further helps on success in life, read my blog on 5 Ways to Make Your Work Successful and How Do You Measure Success?