Julien Smith is one of my favorite bloggers. I’m a subscriber of his blog In Over Your Head, which discuss about life and how to make it, and yours, better. His latest posts made me realize (or remind) how even small things, gestures and thoughts can be a significant steps towards life improvements.
His latest post, I made this with a friend, was marvelous. It’s a two-minute video (that looks like a Starbucks endorsement) that speaks about changes and how you can cope with it. He also speaks about how overwhelming the universe is and that you should “exert your will on the universe” in order for you to overcome it. I completely agree with his statements, but I want to add more on what he had said.
I believe it’s not the universe that is overwhelming; it’s the world and the people in it, which is not supposed to be (this is what I said on my comment there). The reason why some people can’t catch up with the world or changes is because of competition. People tend to be more, or should I say, severely competitive that we step on other people in order to survive the competition or to reach to the top.
Change is inevitable. Change is a product of our desire to make our daily lives fast and improve (I’m still hesitating to include “improvement” in our current situation, but it’s the goal). But being a Christian, God’s word is my final authority, and God says: Love one another (John 13:34).
I’m still not sure if competition is a good thing. Although it brings out the best in you, like being more productive and more creative, but it also brings out the worst in us. When the competition gets unhealthy, we began to resort to dirty tricks.
This unhealthy competition has started as early as before the time began. Cain competed with Abel and when he saw that he failed, he killed his own brother.
Joseph has resorted on his dirty trick when he competed with his brother Esau for the birthright. King Saul south for David’s life because David was a threat to his throne. This is also what happened when King Herod ordered the massacre of the infants in Bethlehem, two thousand years ago. Lucifer became the devil because he competed with God. Apostle Peter’s boastfulness is very visible in the gospel. This is maybe because he wants to compete with other apostles for attention.
Competition can bring out jealousy, greediness, evil thoughts, anger, etc.
While we can see lots of sins evolve around competition, I haven’t seen healthy competitions in the bible.
God (and Jesus) doesn’t created competitions. They didn’t command Christians to compete with each other, but instead, they commanded to love one another.
God has created enough resources for all of us. The earth and the nature is more than enough to sustain humanity. The current shortage in resources is man’s error. We are abusing our resources and now we’re suffering.
We, as His children, are all equal in his sight. There’s no one brighter, no more talented, and no righteous. In his church or congregation, each and every one of the believers has places in the ministry. He does not choose the brightest, the prettiest, the most talented; He uses all of us according to our capabilities.
God commanded us to work and do our best and “do all to the glory of God”, not for men.
Instead of outdoing one another, why don’t we love and help one another so that we could all grow and share our blessings. Let’s not be afraid or jealous with the success of others. We have to learn to be joyful for other’s success. Just do your best on doing your part. Stop measuring your capabilities from other person’s and stop showing who’s best.
Here are some of the Bible verses that teach about competition:
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. – Philippians 2:3
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. – Colossians 3:23
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. – Colossians 3:17
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. – Galatians 6:4
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. – 1 Corinthians 9:25
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. – James 4:6
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. – James 3:14
Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth! – Isaiah 5:8
but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:26-28
But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. – Matthew 23:11-12
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