This isn’t a chapter in the book, but something I felt the need to write about in our increasingly competitive world. I’m not sure why some people choose to compete with others (quite foolish if you ask me, since there will always be someone who’s better than us at something). I’ve watched people compete for far too long and just can’t help but think to myself, “Aren’t they tired yet?” It sure seems exhausting when you’re trying to keep up with what everyone else has or does all the time.
Here’s what God has taught me about rising above competition. Always make sure that whatever you do is done out of a pure heart to please God. (If we make Him our main priority, everything else will fall into place.) There’s nothing wrong with wanting to do or try new things as long as you don’t feel the need to impress or please anyone. If people are competitive, let them be while you enjoy your relationship with God which is far more important than anything life has to offer. Hopefully, it will inspire them to reach that same level of intimacy with Him too.
In closing, to rise above competition, always ask yourself why or for whom you’re doing what you’re doing. If it’s not for God, or even yourself, then you need to re-evaluate your motives. If competitive people are always reminding you of what they think they’re better at or what they have, live your life in such a way that they’ll want what you have – a relationship with Christ!