Success really does look different to different people. Success even looks different from day to day sometimes. Why do we forget that so easily? I'm learning to manage three little people's lives as well as a list of other responsibilities. There are moments when I feel compelled to justify a decision or circumstance because I'm afraid my real victory of the day - like slowing down long enough to cuddle with my three kids and capitalizing on their questions about heaven - isn't acceptable or doesn't seem like much. Witnessing the bonding of my kids together is a beautiful victory, but why do I let a messy room or mismatched clothes steal the success in my mind?
So, let me remind myself and you if you need it: The expectations of others - and especially the PERCEIVED expectations of others - aren't valid until they align with God and your healthy conscience's standards. Don't be motivated by the ambiguous THEM or PEOPLE. Be motivated by sincerity and God's standard of love.