A lot of people today have a problem with competing against one another. Most of the time, it includes attitudes of arrogance, anger, greed, envy, jealousy or selfishness of some kind. Competing with others in an unhealthy way can cause you to think on an impulse which leads you down rocky roads filled with potholes. You can end up in a home or vehicle you can’t afford, with a job making more money but dealing with more stress, with credit card bills higher than your blood pressure, pushing your children into doing things they have no interest to do because you want them to keep up with someone else’s kids, or with a relationship or marriage that you pretend to love on social media but hate behind closed doors. You can end up depressed and with low self-esteem when you lose the competition. It’s not worth it. This is unhealthy competition that adds no measure to your life whatsoever. Check yourself. Why are you competing? Is it because of one of the attitudes I listed above? Or is that you care too much of how people think of you? There is only one thing we have to prove in life and that is our love for Christ. This means if the “you” didn’t do so well in this on yesterday then the “you” today should be competing with the “you” of yesterday in terms of living out your love for Christ better today. Healthy competition is being better TODAY than you were YESTERDAY. Living out your love for Christ comes with blessings and these blessings enable you to bless others. “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8 NLT).
-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery