The life of a man is not measured
In the things he so patiently acquires.
But the life of a man is measured
In how well he obeys God’s desires.
The measure of a man is not taken
For the measure of a man is decided
By those around him for whom he would care.
The success of a man is not calculated
By status or riches or fame.
But a man finds success lies elsewhere,
In the love of friends who know him more than by name.
The wealth of a man is not laid out
For a man can find wealth and treasures untold
In the joys of serving his Lord.
In the deals he arranges to complete.
For joy can only be found in service,
Another’s needs that man seeks to meet.
The leadership of a man is not noticed
When he is always trying to take charge.
For true leaders are found in their giving
To others, their hearts to enlarge.
The love of a man is not discovered
Solely in the woman he takes for his wife.
For a man’s love is only proven
When, for her, he daily lays down his life.
By the standards the world may choose.
But God considers anyone successful
If, for His purposes, their lives He can use.