By Kira Cox
Throughout college, we are told to have a goal, and to work hard to achieve it. If we do that, we will be considered successful. But how do we define success? Many people define it as having a high paying job, a big house, and a good car; others define it as being the best in their specific field; and still more say that it is coming up with the latest and greatest invention. But people often find that there is still an emptiness. They don’t know why they have that feeling, but it’s there nonetheless. So what has God called us to strive for?
As Henri Nouwen said, “We have been called to be fruitful – not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness.”
Many times we choose to build walls around ourselves in order to hide our weaknesses and our faults from others, especially those closest to us. Being seen as someone who has it all together is also something we see as success, so being vulnerable goes against what we have been taught for years, but it is also how we will lead fruitful lives. By breaking down the walls that surround us and being truly vulnerable, we will be able to truly get to know those people we know and care about. That way, we can live truly fruitful lives.
*Kira is a junior at Oklahoma State University. She is majoring in accounting, and she loves sports and singing. She grew up at the Cushing FUMC and has enjoyed participating in weekly worship, Bible studies and discussion groups at the Wesley.