I was jogging one day and I noticed a person in front of me, about 1/4 of mile. 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 mile to go before I needed to turn off.
So I started to run faster and faster. Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 yards behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. You would have thought I was running in the last leg of London Olympic competition or the Comrades Marathon. I was determined to catch him.
Finally, I did it! I caught and passed him by. 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 that I had been so focused in competing against him that I had missed my turn. I had gone nearly six blocks past it. I had to turn around and go all back.
Isn’t that what happens in life when we focus in competing with co-workers, neighbours, friends and 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 destiny. The problem with unhealthy competition is that it’s a never ending cycle. There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, quality education, a prettier wife/girlfriend, a more handsome husband/boyfriend, better behaved children, etc.
But realise 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 doing, where others are going, wearing & driving.
Take what God has given you, the height, weight & personality. Dress well & wear it proudly! You’ll be blessed by it. Stay focused and live a healthy life. There’s no competition in DESTINY, run your own RACE and wish others WELL!