Our lives seem like an endless race to “do the next thing, be better tomorrow, reach our goals, or to be better than ____.” It never ends. And for some, it can become the only thing in life that matters: doing this or being that. There isn’t anything wrong with having healthy goals, but when those aspirations cause you to lose sight of the important things in life, it may be time to take a step back.
I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about 1/2 a kilometre ahead. I could tell he was running a little slower than me and I thought, good, I shall try to catch him. I had about a kilometre before I needed to turn off. So, I started running faster and faster.
Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 metres behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. You would have thought I was running in the last leg of an Olympic competition. I was determined to catch him.
Finally, I did it! I caught and passed him. On the inside I felt so good. “I beat him” Of course, he didn’t even know we were racing. After I passed him, I realised I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn. I had gone nearly six blocks past my turn and I had to turn and go back.
Isn’t that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbours, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important?
We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our God given destinies. The problem with unhealthy competition is that its a never ending cycle.
There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better behaved children, etc. But realize that “You can be the best that you can be, you are not competing with no one.”
Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are, where others are going, wearing and driving. Take what God has given you, the height, weight and personality. Dress well and wear it proudly, you’ll be blessed by it. Stay focused and live a healthy life. There is no competition in Destiny.
Run your own race and wish others well. Good Morning.”
And she’s right, in a lot of ways, we live our lives comparing ourselves to others. Taking each day for granted because it’s not like someone else’s. She urges us to look at what we’re doing, and understand why we’re doing it. Our motivations are sometimes more important than the actions themselves.
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