Most people want to be successful, but how many have actually spelled out what that might look like for themselves? In his book “The Circle Maker”, Mark Batterson encourages readers to pray specific, bold, audacious prayers. Not just so we can get what we want from God, but so that we can glorify God by defining the dreams He has for us. It’s a moving target, he explains, as our seasons of life change, but he suggests that these three priorities should remain constant:
1. Do the best you can with what you have where you are. We usually focus on what we’re doing or where we’re going, but God’s priority is who we’re becoming in the process. It’s not so much about being in the right place at the right time, but rather about being the right person, even if you find yourself in the wrong circumstances.
2. Help people maximize their God-given potential. Potential is God’s gift to us; what we do with it is our gift back to God. Helping others blossom into that God-giftedness is wildly satisfying.
3. Desire that the people who know you the best respect you the most. Have a desire to be more famous in your own house than out there somewhere.
Batterson says that if you don’t have a personal definition of success, chances are you will succeed at the wrong thing. “You’ll get to the end of your life and realize that you spelled success wrong. And if you spell it wrong, you’ll get it wrong.” He encourages readers to define the goals and dreams God wants them to pursue. “And once you spell your Jericho, you need to circle it in prayer. Then keep circling until the walls come tumbling down.”