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Over the years I have had the opportunity to view life from some fairly high mountain peaks. My greatest (and worst) experience was many years ago in Peru. I traveled up into the Andes Mountains with a mission team from our church. On the way to the town of Huaraz, we passed through a 17,000’ high point. Although the altitude sickness was intense, the scenery was breath-taking!
When it comes to life, far too few people ever reach the heights of God’s purpose and potential. It’s much easier not to make the journey up. Many settle for a life of basic survival. Others are fooled by the false promises of a life of success. Rare is the person who actually discovers the best life — a life of significance.
While surviving life’s challenges is a good thing, and achieving levels of success have value, nothing is greater than finding significance. There’s a big difference between these three levels of living, especially between success and significance.
Success is something that happens to you. Significance is something that happens through you. A significant life involves living for God’s purpose, making a positive difference for others.
It’s entirely possible to be successful and never be significant. It’s also possible to be significant while never experiencing what the world would call success. Either way, significant living is the best living.
Significance truly fulfills. Look at Jesus’ words to His disciples in John 4:32-34 (NIV) “But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you know nothing about.’ … ‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.’” That’s significance!