Rats in a maze, struggling for survival, fearless when it comes to anyone vs. me. Increasingly it isn’t just the big cities where you find competition. Consider any and every workplace. Check the underlying conversation between any group where everyone is in the same age group, facing similar struggles, and grabbling with the doubts inherent with the era. It’s as if we fight the very nature we have. The problem isn’t new. Wars have been shaped by the ego and competitive nature between competing cultures. Corporate cultures thrive on the need of a community (group of people) to win at the game of their definition. Even individuals compete in everything they do. Something as simple as getting from point A to B becomes a competition. It happened yesterday. Even further back in time one writer records what happened between two friends; “Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter.” (John 20.3, 4)
In the midst of the tussle, there are those fighting to eliminate or at least control competition. Frankly this is a losing battle. I would like to suggest something quite different.
Competition is part of who we are. The question of being competitive is a strange one because it implies that no competition is possible. I find there is a different side to how we relate with competition.
Competition implies being the “best” at what we do. It doesn’t require one to “win”. A epic tennis match recently highlighted the joy of competing at the highest level with a celebration unfolding, especially for the loser.
The question of competition begs a larger one. What are we trying to be “good” at? Is there a point to our efforts? Do we have a goal?
Today is bright, clear, and full of opportunities. I plan on engaging in life – fully, thoroughly, and competitively. The focus of my efforts will be experienced by those around me. I pray they experience compassion, mercy, and love. I want to be the best!
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