Measuring Stick or Scale? How Do You Gauge Success

measuring stick

What are you measuring? No, I am not just referring to your waist size, cholesterol level or blood pressure reading.

Today, I want to challenge you to examine the areas in your life that are intangible. We live in a world that puts a lot of emphasis on what is seen superficially.  We can waste a lot of time comparing our lives and measuring it against someone else’s.

Can we all agree that what we see posted in social media is an airbrushed, edited version of a person’s life? A nicely filtered picture to make a moment in time seem perfect.

But we know better. You see in that picture you can’t hear the screaming baby in the background, nor the messy kitchen, left behind after creating the meal we choose to show the world. I sometimes wonder what social media would look like if we really saw what was behind the doors that so many envy?

While people are busy vying someone’s body, car, home or bank account thinking how much better they have it. We may be surprised to learn how many of these souls would gladly lay it all down for a more peaceful life.

Truth is, sometimes the people that are being pitied may actually have what is of real value. Their treasures are in heaven where neither rust, nor moth or thieves can get to them. Matthew 6:19.

So let’s see what truly matters, a measuring stick or a scale? In the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul reminds the church at Ephesus to measure their life by God’s standards. Do understand, that God uses a different method of measuring. He uses one that is far more superior.

Ephesians 3:16-19 Paul is praying that they would come to understand how wide, how high, how deep, how long the love of Christ is. God’s love for our life is so great that it cannot be measured by man’s mere metric system. We are loved by an immeasurable God.

old fashion scale

We mustn’t measure what is on the outside and forget to measure what has eternal value. Let’s be honest, doing so can be a challenge. As a blogger I can get caught up by numbers very easily. How many views today? How many followers? You get the picture.

Not a blogger? How about the constant need of a parent to measure their child’s strides by what other children their age are doing? Married? How about the desire to measure up to a fantasy?

Again, I want to emphasis that it’s ok to measure our lives with human standards, how else will we know if we are hitting our mark, meeting our goals? But let us never forget how limiting that measuring stick you are holding actually is.

Instead focus on the fact that as a child of God we can declare that we are blessed without measure? So when our human measuring stick does not stack up, we can be reminded about the weightier things that truly matter.

Everything that God creates is made to be measured. We see an example of this during the building of Solomon’s temple. Solomon was given precise instructions by God himself on were and how to be build it, down to the last cubic foot 1 Kings 6.

So when you measure me, please don’t do so with just your human measuring stick. Because I am blessed beyond the world’s system of measuring. You see I am striving to understand just how large God’s love is towards me. Can I encourage you to do the same? I assure you your life will never be the same.

So how does God measure our lives? Does He have an infinite measuring stick? Or does he use a scale? God’s standards are much higher than ours, but so are His resources. God knows exactly what you need. The amount of abilities and talents that you require to fulfil your purpose.  God has properly equipped His children for life and so we should not be afraid to be measured by His standards.

I am created exactly how he intended, the same applies to you. So rather than spend useless time comparing yourself, how about you spend time accepting how God created you and realize he does not make mistakes.

I don’t know about you, but I am glad he is not measuring me according to human standards. According to the world’s point of view I may not be stacking up, but that’s ok, I am focusing on how God weighs me.

Human measurement can only go so far. Oh it can tell you how much a person has. What it can’t measure is the weight of the glory of God they are carrying. We can measure how far it goes and how much it is, but God measures what it’s made of.

We can only see what is on the surface level. Sadly, so many of the mistakes we make in life are based on the fact that we are using a superficial measuring stick to make decisions that could impact the rest of our lives.

We may be able to see what kind of car a person drives, the neighborhood they live in but what are they really made of? If it cannot be weighed in God’s scales, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it will not have any lasting value. In fact, trusting in these will only bring you despair.

Are you measuring what it looks like or what it’s made of? Someone once said “people are so busy working on their resume virtues, when in reality they should be working on what their eulogy virtues will be” What we really need to be asking ourselves is what is our life made of? What lasting legacy do we want to leave?

Take a moment and remind yourself of God’s view of you and step up to His scale. What would your life look like if instead of pulling out your measuring stick when making decisions you step on God’s scale and use His tool of measurement?

Be honest, are you working on your popularity or are you working on your purpose?

Don’t miss out on what God has for you because you’re too consumed by man’s standards. Don’t let people measure you by what can only be seen from the outside. Doing so will leave you feeling empty, what’s worse it may ruin your purpose.

Thankfully, God does not look at how many followers you have on all your social media channels. He does not care about what you may or may not have. God is looking at your faith. He is measuring what the level of your faith is. We need to be focusing on what God has put in us, and make that the priority of our lives.

If you do not have a personal relationship with God and you are tired of measuring your life by the world’s standard, turn to the one whose love has no bounds.  For further information email me here or visit Word of Faith Global Ministries.


10 thoughts on “Measuring Stick or Scale? How Do You Gauge Success

  1. ladycee says:

    Bravo! An excellent post – and a great message. I loved that challenging question: are you working on your popularity or are you working on your purpose? Working at being a believer driven by God’s purpose for my life has been something I am seeking to pursue with diligence and is a subject close to my heart.
    Thank you for your much-needed message at this time, given the social media climate we live in where nearly everyone (including Christians) seems to be measuring ourselves against meaningless or currently trending standards instead of the unchangeable Word of God.
    PS: Your Word of Faith GM link does not seem to work!

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  2. heyjude6119 says:

    I loved this one. So much good truth in here!! And I have been pondering many of the same questions and wrestling with the same issues. Sometimes I have a litany of Ecclesiastes running through my mind about how all is futility.
    Thanks for this!!

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