Some people clamor for the praise of man by seeking fame and fortune. However, the apostle Paul seemed to have a much different view of success. In one of his letters to the Corinthian church, he wrote, “The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This ‘letter’ is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God” (2 Cor. 3:2-3, NLT).
Paul didn’t base his success on what other people said or wrote about him. He gained satisfaction by watching the lives of those he had mentored and knowing he had a part in shaping their success. Like Paul, we must realize that our greatest “achievements” are not the credentials we list on our resume’. True success comes by making an impact on others by following the Spirit of God.