I’m a competitive person. It’s quite obvious. Ever since I was little, I have had a fiery desire to be first and best. Whether it be running races, soccer games, arm wrestling, or even thumb wars — I always made sure I did my best to win. And on those (somewhat rare) occasions that I do win, my heart pounds with swelling pride. My head feels like it’s about to burst. And a smug smile lies on my face.
Which, as you may have guessed, is not exactly the best attitude.
But how can I overcome this weakness of loving competition?
In my favorite Book, it says
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” Philippians 2:3
Strife. In Greek, it literally translates to “competition.” And vainglory? Pretty much explains itself. The Bible warns us not to do anything in a competitive way. It goes on to say that we should think of others as better than us!
In competition, how are we supposed to think of others as better than ourselves…when we are fighting to defeat them and prove that we are faster, stronger, smarter — than our opponents? It doesn’t make any sense at all!
When I step onto a soccer field. When I prepare for the ultimate arm wrestling showdown. When I do anything involving competition — all my focus is aimed on one thing: WIN. I need to prove that I’m better than them.
But this verse…clearly states that what I’m doing is contradicting the Word.
I know that I’m not the only one with this issue. I also know that I’m not the only one trying to correct this issue. Dear friends, we need to FIGHT to overcome our natural love of competition.
We need to fight. Hard.
That Girl Over There