Wednesday, February 9

living without competition

Recently I read a devotional that was talking about dog shows and how the dogs are groomed and trained to all look like winners as they pranced and stood before the judges.  The author wondered what the dogs were really like when they weren't in the dog show and paralleled it with what are we really like when nobody's watching.

The statement that caught my eye the most was at the end:

"We're not in competition with other Christians.  God will never ask us to compete for 'best in show'.  He measures us by the perfect standard of His Son." ~ Cindy Hess Kasper

How often do we get caught up in competition?  We see this person or that person or the other person who can do something really well and desire to be just like them OR become depressed as we see how far short we fall.  It's a constant comparison of ourselves with others and sadly I've often seen it played out amongst homeschooling moms who think they have a certain standard they must meet.  They see Mrs. Type A who appears to do all things well and abundantly and feel they need to do all those same things with their children or they won't get a proper education.  

"Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." ~ First Samuel 16:7

I'm here to tell you that all that outward stuff doesn't matter a single bit. What matters is that your heart is right with the Lord.  The only focus you need to be have - which is not in the least bit competitive - is to keep your eyes on Jesus and desire to live like Him.  Hold up His standards for your life as you study His Word and not the standards of another woman or homeschooling mom.  His standard isn't perfection for He covers all our missteps with His love.  By living in this manner others will be drawn to your faith which vividly makes a difference in your life and not your incredible skills as a mom or homeschooler.  By living this way you'll be the same person whether in the limelight in the show of life or at home in your kitchen.  And at the end of the day, isn't that what really matters?

Tammy ~@~


Mrs. E said...

Thank you for this, Tammy.
Good words to remember.

Kathryn said...

Oh this is so true! I have such a competitive spirit and I so often see it rear it's head in a sinful manner and competing with other believers. But we run this race together!

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