Kill The Competition
Updated: Feb 22, 2018
As in eradicate that word from your vocabulary, because nothing in life is a competition.You can be the winner in your own lane, to your own and God’s standards and not look to see who’s <-- - - -‘behind’ or ‘in front’ - - - --> of you.
Watching your neighbours green grass grow makes you neglect your own and when you step down from peeking over the fence of another person’s life realise your garden has been hijacked by wild weed terrorists.
Each and every one of us has a God-given purpose in life that no other person can do which means there is no need to compete.
What Dara does can’t be done by Tara. POINT.BLANK.PERIOD.
So on that note, I encourage us all to get to a place where the only goal in life is to be the best version of yourself and make heaven because realistically its the only thing you can be number one at. Everything else is up for grabs.Whether you’re a makeup artist, stylist, fashion designer or editor this world will compare you and put you in a ranking system against your request. Making it seem like the actual person behind those working titles isn't good enough.When websites and magazine articles titled 'TOP TEN BLOGS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW' or 'THE WORLDS BEST DRESSED WOMEN’ are in circulation and your name ain’t down you can start to feel like you need to make that list one day. You then begin competing against those in your field to get that recognition and completely fail to realise you’re already número uno and that’s just because you are you to put it simply.
“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” - Ecclesiastes 1:2
Now don’t get me wrong; It is good to do your work very well and good to reap the rewards of your work as to not labour in vain. It’s even good to humbly admire the skill set of another in order to motivate yourself to improve BUT the scripture I quoted above shows that it is all vanity, which is why unhealthy competing on top of that is futile and doesn’t matter AT ALL in the end if you were the ‘best’. Especially if you being the ‘best’ singer, dancer or wig layer in all the land whilst forgetting God doesn’t get you access into the BEST place to be when it’s all said and done.HEAVEN.
Giving you that food for thought you may ask yourself why you're stressing, being jealous, competing and maybe even being callous with the attempt to knock someone else off their ‘spot’ so you can take their place? Like what is the actual motive here? Because the majority of the time wanting to be number one comes from a place of greed, selfishness and ego.
From a business and worldly point of view, I feel like many want to be the best so they can have the most clients, be the most popular and earn the most amount of money than anybody else just for self-gain's sake. AND THE BUCK STOPS THERE. Very rarely are the motives or at least not greatly publicised is wanting to be the best out of a desire to achieve the above-mentioned things with the goal to give the acquired wealth to those in dire need of it. It may start off as wanting to be charitable and put an end to poverty or for the genuine betterment of your own skills, but if that competitive bug bites you in the butt and it can happen because this world promotes competition and self-gain, it can transform you into a self-centred beast who doesn’t want to share the glory with anyone and definitely not give it to God.
Even some Christians are competing against each other to have the biggest church or who can preach the ‘best', who can speak in tongues or worship the loudest. Who’s walk with Christ or testimony is better. Our desire should be to do as much as we possibly can with the gifts and skills that God gives us — as faithful stewards not to be seen as better than anyone else in the congregation or your place of work.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. - Colossians 3:23-24
Having said all of that can you do me a favour? Actually, do it for you.
Read out loud :
It’s not a competition
it’s not a competition
IT’S NOT A COMPETITION
If you say it long enough and loud enough perhaps it’ll resonate and become reality. Maybe you’ll feel a lot better when getting through your work schedule now having the understanding that the lane is clear for you to come through at your own pace. Because your path has been worked out way in advance because God is AWESOME like that and has already given you everything you need to achieve the task ahead. Maybe you’ll stop rolling on the floor of the church trying to appear holier and out praise the deaconess and get back to the heart of worship. And maybe just maybe you’ll finally KILL.THE.COMPETITION.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.-Philippians 2:3