and probably reaching as many souls for the Kingdom of God as you can is one of the definitions of success
also success for Christians is when other people see you are different - they see that you are not the same, and they start wondering why is that and start asking you - that's when you get an opportunity to tell them about Jesus...
JOY - is not happiness that is for sure, cause it is much more then happiness :)
JOY - is the passion
JOY - is the product of love :)
I guess I gave you plenty of definitions of joy :)
though, languages and words usually flexed by society and people's culture differ its definitions too :)
Success...Let us look up at the Father'right hand order for us to understand.Its still the God standard not the gold standard Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim.6:6).Jesus Christ is more than enough for any sinner. "keep your lives free from the love of moneyand be content with what you have, because GOD has said,"never will I leave you never will I forsake you" succsess def. the state of being contented, satisfaction ease of mind.also read 1 Tim 4:8 Phil. 4:11 thanks.
Success is not difficult to understand - even objectively measure- from hindsight. God, of course, does not rely on hindsight since He dwells simultaneously in the past, present, and the future. So if we could train ourselves to focus our eyes and ears on Him and follow Him by faith and less by sight, we cant' fail by His standards. So the key really is determined by whose standards we may evaluate success: mine, society's, or God's? We can all agree that the answer is obvious. It would sweet, though, to have the three perspectives come together as a united viewing lens once in a while. Like, oh, I like that, society likes that, and God approves all of that and is pleased and honored by it.
Joy is the decision of a person to be content in any situation, even, when there's no apparent reason to be glad. And the foundation of this decision is the realization of the fact that God is in control.
Also, I think, that the true success is visible (especially to ourselves) in our changes since God saved us or since our last rise or fall.