God hasn't called me to be successful. He's called me to be faithful.
A reporter asked Mother Teresa how she could bear to go on working at such a hopeless task day after day and year after year. The people she cares for are so wretchedly poor. Many of them are very sick. How could she continue with such dedication, knowing that all the poverty and sickness will still be there long after she's dead? Didn't she realize she couldn't win?
Her explanation is simple: Of course she knows the task is immense, but "finishing" isn't her purpose. Mother Teresa has turned her life and will over to God, and her work is what she believes to be God's will for her. Becuase of this, she is devoted to the task itself, not to the completion of it.
We too can learn to be receptive to a higher purpose. We can direct our energies into causes we believe in, even if we know the job will never be finished. We can visit with friends and family and not try to win a verbal exchange. We can accpet the will of our Higher Power and therby find serenity.
Today, I will let go of the driving need to succeed or to impress others. Instead, I will be receptive to my Higher Power's will.