Do you know you have an appointment with success? You do! Success is waiting for you. Success never cancels on you, but it’s possible for you not to show up for your appointment.
I imagine success as a person, literally sitting at a table, waiting to be joined by me. I can relate to that image because I’ve been on both sides of a scheduled meeting. I’ve been on the side of arriving to a meeting early, having to wait for the other person to arrive. I’ve also been the one who has come late, having to be waited on. Imagine success as a person. He sits at the table of life, patiently waiting for you. And do you know why he waits? Because he has an appointment with you. If there was no appointment, success would not wait.
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”—John 15:16
Bearing fruit is another way of saying “being successful.” Jesus wanted His disciples to be successful in their God-given assignment. He “appointed” them not only to a work-related task, but also to success in that task. He said, “… that your fruit should remain…” In other words, it won’t be a fleeting moment. It won’t be fifteen minutes of fame or a mere viral moment. God wants you to be successful and He wants your success to last. You just need to keep your appointment. Don’t bail on your appointment. Don’t keep it waiting or take it for granted.
This reminds me of a time I was running on a track. My goal was to run a couple of miles that day. After completing about 1 mile I was starting to feel fatigued. So, I decided to stop and keep a fast walking pace. As I did this, I noticed that I stopped tracking my distance. I heard these words in my spirit, “Stop counting yourself out.” I knew the Lord was using this moment to paint a picture of a tendency I had and that was to discount progress because the speed of my progress was slowed. Don’t make this mistake. If you’ve been slowed down, needed to change speeds, or perhaps you’re completely stalled, don’t count yourself out. Keep going! Pick up where you left off. Even if you’ve slowed down, keep moving forward.
Here’s three things you can do to keep your appointment with success:
1. Decide to stay connected to Jesus
We stay connected by choosing to read, study, and meditate on His Word. His Word is filled with wisdom. One book in particular you can read is Proverbs. Proverbs has 31 chapters so you’ll be able to read it entirely in a month if you read a chapter a day. God’s Word will teach you about success in all aspects of your life.
2. Decide today to forget yesterday.
Jesus told His disciples that if certain people would not receive them in a particular city they were to not even allow the dust of that city to cling to the bottom of their shoes. In other words, SHAKE IT OFF AND MOVE ON! Whatever pain, rejection, or failure you’ve experienced, decide today to forget yesterday! It’s not always easy to do, but it’s always possible. You may have been scarred but you can still be healed. Cry out to God as the healer of your broken heart. If you’ve made the approval or opinion of others so important to you that their rejection has debilitated you, ask God for forgiveness. You should never exalt people to that level of status in your heart. God is the source of your success and joy, not man! Rest in His opinion of you and go forward.
3. Plan for your appointment with success.
When it comes to meetings, few things are more annoying than a meeting that has no agenda. Have you planned for success? Have you allocated time and resources for your meeting with success? Have you laid out goals, strategies, and metrics? King Solomon once said,
“The plans of the diligent lead to plenty. But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.”—Proverbs 21:5
If you are diligent and you plan, you will be successful. There’s no way around it!
Here’s a secret… most people live from a reactionary point of view. If you live proactively by planning, you’ll always be one step ahead of circumstances that would otherwise hamper your success. Ask yourself, “What was it that threw me off my game last time?” Have a plan for that. Ask yourself, “What is it that I need that I don’t yet have?” Have a plan for that, too. If you plan, you will succeed.
Remember, Jesus made the appointment, you didn’t. That means you can’t cancel your appointment for success. You can only choose not to show up. My prayer is that you will show up and that God will bless you beyond your wildest dreams!