Competition and Christianity

We each have the right, even the obligation to define success on our own terms.  This reality is a central part of what our Christianity provides... choice and consequence.. but ultimately grace and salvation... we are to live in the world, but not of it... 

Competition is part of living in the world.. how we use its victories and failures is up to us.. We cannot blame a culture of competition for our actions or inaction.  Our culture is up to us.. we aren't here to judge.. 

we are here to love and influence through actions.. Indeed.. we must find "victories in every day". Celebrating others success and striving to do better, be better.. live better.. and love better.

Human motivation and freedom is a tricky thing but no different from other wins really.. financial, etc.. Success must be taken and used for a purpose... the win must be invested in others... showcasing God's blessings... never selfishly turned inwards. 

Recognition is a fine thing.. and being proud of our work and decisions is a worthy goal. We should smile.. say thank you.. and be nice.. enjoying our moment in sun... recognizing that tomorrow could be all storms.. might even be likely. We have to remember that we are sustained by Christ... our abilities, our very existence is offered up...

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
--- Marianne Williamson.


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