Why are we ashamed of success?

We shouldn’t be ashamed of our accomplishments. We shouldn’t feel guilty, like we’ve stolen the good thing. It was earned. It was worked for, slaved over, time and energy were poured into it. But we don’t tell anyone, or if we do, that sense of shame, of guilt, creeps over us and we downplay it. We downplay the blog we’ve started, the book we’ve finished, the raise we just got.

That’s why I love Damian Lillard’s face in this photo. He just hit a game winning, series clinching shot. It was an amazing moment that’s he’s worked for for years. His time, sweat, blood, thought, and energy were given toward the sport of basketball and it just paid off. He knows, in that moment, he just did something big. And he owns it. He owns his moment, his time in the spotlight.

No, the vast majority of us won’t be like Damian Lillard. We won’t make a game winning three point shot in the NBA. And that’s okay. We have our own victories, our own time in the spotlight. When that light shines on us, even for the briefest moment, we tend to shy away. “It wasn’t a big deal,” we say. “It’s nothing major.” Or, “It doesn’t matter.”

Except all that is a lie. It’s a lie, fed to us by the devil. So next time you have a win, you have a success, share it. Don’t be afraid or guilty. You earned it.

Jesus had easily the biggest “win” in human history, on what we know as Easter weekend. He defeated Satan, death, hell, and the grave. And you know what he did right after that? Came and told everyone. If Jesus celebrated his own victory, shouldn’t we celebrate not only our own, but His as well?

Stay salty, friends.

What’s one win you’ve had this week?

4 thoughts on “Why are we ashamed of success?

  1. heyo i saw that you followed my blog and as usual i clicked on your name to see if your blog was some kind of indian lifestyle site that follows and never actually reads….
    i was very, very pleasantly surprised.
    you’re probably wondering why i’m commenting on an old post, but i love to start from the bottom and grow up. and if your blog keeps getting better as it goes on, i’m in for a treat.
    i really loved this post especially (so far) because it reminded me of a line in the book The Screwtape Letters that really changed my life and my perspective on my God-given talents.
    “(God) wants to bring the man to a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the, fact, without being any more (or less) or otherwise glad at having done it than he would be if it had been done by another.’
    this post reminded me so strongly of that quote, and it’s a beautiful reminder of what true humility is.
    thank you for being a beacon out there for the world to see ❤
    power to the local dreamer ||-//

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    1. Ha, I do the same thing. Too many Indian lifestyle blogs follow me 😂

      I absolutely love the Screwtape Letters, and I missed that quote. Looks like it’s time to read again haha

      Thank you for your comment, and that reminder 🙏❤️

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