We live in a world that loves to measure everything.
We use things like ounces, grams, feet, inches, miles, pounds, miles per hour, miles per gallon, fractions, yards, gigabytes… the list goes on and on.
We use them everyday and in all types of ways.
For the business man its the bottom line, for the salesman it may be the daily sales report. Numbers combined, all to tell us something. But it’s that SOMETHING in which it tells us is where the problem lies.
Units of measurement are essentially arbitrary; in other words, people make them up and then agree to use them. Who says that an inch has to be an inch or a mile has to be X amount of feet? Well someone did. And we all accepted it. This is wonderful if we are plotting road systems, buying yarn, or baking a cake. But how often do we make it to mean so much more than that?
How often do we measure success by the amount of money that is in the bank, sales in the ledger, butts in the seats; by how many people know our name, or copies of books we have sold? By how often someone compliments your work, or how much weight you lost……. compared to Jen down the street or Bob from accounting.
How often do we define success (and failure) by someone else’s “units of measure?”
Maybe its time for a new standard? Maybe its time we let God set the lines, measure the success rate, and live according to His rate of return. I think we may find it much more enjoyable. How about you?