Competition is a sure way to lose focus and joy. People generally want to be measured against others and therefore do everything to keep up with the others. We find many doing things just because someone else is doing the same and we want to out-do them. People work hard to keep up with the crowd just for the sake of keeping up with it. Our joy is on the line when we find ourselves competing with others.
You are a unique individual made in the image of God. Your success is not pegged to others. You don’t have to compare to or even outperform those around you. The standards by which you live has nothing to do with those in your community or circle of influence. Your joy is not connected to what others are doing or how you fit into the world around you. God has anointed you to be the best you possible. It has nothing to do with your neighbour or those in your jurisdiction. Keep your joy by refusing to be in competition with others.
SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Corinthians 3:1-10
For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.
Devotion Prayer: Father thank you for the great things you’re doing in the lives of those around me, Keep my mind stayed on you and what you’re doing in my life. May strife and jealousy never steal my joy because of what I see in other people’s lives. May I focus on becoming the best me possible in Jesus’ name, Amen.