Competition is the way of survival. One of the reasons I believe that sport is good for children is that it teaches them how to compete. Competition exists in every aspect of our lives and we will not succeed or improve if we don’t know how to compete.
Whenever my children have running races up and down the passage at home, my daughter runs only just as fast as she needs to, to beat her younger brother. She would win the race but is capable of running so much faster. In life, we tend to be satisfied with a win even if we narrowly beat our opponent. The problem is that we only push ourselves just enough to win.
It is important to understand the lessons gained from competing against others and apply them to ourselves.
Looking to be better than others can rob us from being the BEST that we can be. Setting personal goals should never include other people. If you want to re-decorate your house, let your desire be motivated by doing it for self satisfaction and not to be better than others or to be boastful.
Here are 3 points that will help us compete against ourselves better.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”
God has created us all unique. That would mean that we are all in separate races. No matter how much you try to out do someone else; your purpose belongs to you alone. When you strive to be the best that you can be, inadvertently you may become better than others around you but your joy should never come in being better than them, but by being the best that God has created you to be and doing the good work that God has called you to do.
Proverbs 27:23 “Be diligent to know the state of your flocks”
Keep records of the goals you set for yourself so you can look back and measure how far you’ve come. It can be very encouraging if you look back at your old stats and realize how many kgs you’ve lost or how much faster you are at running your favourite 5km route. It can also be interesting to see how much you have grown in your skill or trade from when you first began.
Proverbs 14:30 “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones”
Comparison leads to jealousy. When we become envious of what others have, it robs our joy and can leave us feeling very depressed. If we are content with where God has us and trust that he will supply all our needs, we need not worry about whats going on in someone else’s life. When we stay looking at others, we can miss the great things that God is actually doing in our own lives.
Father God, thank you for making me ME. It can be so tempting to become dissatisfied with my life because of what is going on others lives . Help me to be content with what you are doing in me and help me to see and appreciate all the blessings you have given and continue to give me. Above all, cause my eyes to be set on You alone that I may bring Glory to your name by the good works that You have called me to do.
In Jesus name