I was in Dallas last week at a conference. I was struck by a profound insight of @JudWilhite, Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. He did an excellent riff on 2 Corinthians 5:12.
We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again,
but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us,
so that you can answer those who take pride in
what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
Per God, it is not how spectacular your ministry (or work or achievements) is. For God, the measuring stick is the sincerity of our heart.
We are a people who salivate over metrics (statistics, rank, measurements of who is ahead,) and outward appearances. We spend countless hours and dollars trying to get approval, applause or awe from others. This is a bottomless pit that we cannot fill (but believe we can.) Exhausted and empty, we wonder if we measure up.
Why not back of the gas pedal a little today and embrace God's point of view. The real action is in the heart. Guard your heart. Fill it with good things. Externals may bring fleeting happiness. A sincere heart will bring lasting joy.