Many of you may already be aware that football season is right around the corner. It is following one of the most exciting NBA finals series between GSW and Cleveland Cavs. There was a lot of back and forth asking who is the greatest basketball player of all time and it’s still going on. I will probably be hitting my competitive mode as fantasy football gets ready to start. There is a question that many people may ask and that’s, “Is being competitive healthy?” I think about this because many people grow hatred for teams, players, or even fans of opposing teams. I don’t want to ever feel hatred because of my competitiveness.
Where does this ultimately stem from? What makes us competitive? I think it may be different for everybody. I do want to mention two situations in the Bible where we see competitiveness. The first is when the disciples were sitting with Jesus and they were fighting about who would sit to the right hand of Him in heaven. I am sure they were weighing out all the things they have done and their successes to base their arguments. The second time was the fall of Satan. He was really competing with God in his envy for power. Hopefully we are not competing with God or even each other for God’s love or approval. These situations are not healthy at all, but I think if we don’t keep ourselves in check, then we can grow closer to these situations.
Healthy competition can be helpful for us though. As long as we understand that it’s for fun. We can compete in games, sports, grades, or even in the work force. It isn’t all bad, but we should make sure our hearts are in check. Stay under submission to Jesus and love our brothers and sisters. If you are starting to get angry, then you may want to stay away from your competitive areas. Always have a humble heart and have fun.
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