“Yet all this is worth nothing to me, so long as i see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.” Est 5:13
If there ever was a story that had a drastic flip side it is the story of Haman and Mordecai. On the one hand you have one of the most humble people recorded in scripture who did nothing but serve his king and people, and on the other, you have Haman. This man was as vile as Mordecai was pure, and yet if we look strictly at the facts we may find we have more in common with Haman than Mordecai.
I think I can safely say we have all had those days where we are just on top of the world. You know the ones?! Where everything is going your way, and nothing could possibly bring you down. Your on cloud nine, and clouds one through eight are looking up at you with black-hearted envy! Those are great days! Then it happens, that one person shows up who just really stokes the flames of hate in your heart, and that’s it the day is ruined all your successes brought low by the inconsiderate appearance of stupid old “whats his name”.
There are many reasons that these people might bother us. It could be that they are more successful in the worlds eyes and what we have done pales in comparison. Possibly, they don’t show us the respect due our station in life and that infuriates us. Most likely, however, the cause can be boiled down to the fact that we have started to believe our own hype, we drank our own Kool-Aid, or just simply believe we are better than; and when we see this person who doesn’t fall in line with our belief structure it pops that little bubble of pride on which we have been sitting.
So how do we prevent these bubble-bursting moments in our lives?
1. Learn to view success through God’s eyes.
“I have recently been reading a book called ‘The Measure of Our Success’ by Shawn Lovejoy, and it has been helping to redefine how I view my success. We as Christians should define our success by the question , ‘Are you reaching who God has given you to reach?’ not, ‘Are you reaching ‘the most’ people for God’. If in final doubt just remember this, “We have nothing to prove, and no one to impress”*
2. Realize your place in life is temporary.
“So many people get so worked up about what job they have, where they went to school, or who their friends are, that they miss the fact that all of those things only matter for a little while. It is a fact that in your life your friends will come and go, your job will change, and your education will be replaced, but the one thing that will last is what you have done for Christ and His kingdom.
3. Know that your life is not your own.
“It sounds like a cliche’, point, but it is true of all of us in Christ that no matter who you are or what you do your life is not your own. It is by believing that we have the final say that we get ourselves into the mess of pride. If you got you to where you are today then you can take pride, but if God got you there then who are you to take credit, and demand praise.”
So don’t be Haman! Don’t allow your worth to be wrapped up so much in self that one little distraction can throw you into a tailspin. Instead allow your worth to come from Christ, so that when the world comes to burst you bubble they find the rock of Calvary in its place.