Growing up in the UK, when people bought something new, we used to say that they were trying to â€œkeep up with the Jonesâ€™s (trying to compete with your neighbours).â€ Itâ€™s easy to be tempted to go through life competing with everyone around us. When we see someone whoâ€™s more talented, better looking or has more gifts, instead of running our race and being comfortable with who we are, oftentimes we feel inferior and think, â€œIâ€™ve got to catch up to my neighbours and friends.â€ The problem with this unhealthy competition is that itâ€™s a never-ending cycle.
Did you know there will always be someone ahead of you? But itâ€™s very freeing when you realise, â€œIâ€™m not in a competition.â€ I donâ€™t have to have as big a house as my neighbour to feel good about myself. I donâ€™t have to keep up with my co-worker. I donâ€™t have to be a certain size. No, I understand that Iâ€™m not in competition with my friend, my neighbour or my co-worker.
Today, say to yourself â€œIâ€™m going to be the best me that I can possibly be, Iâ€™m going to run my own race, Iâ€™m going to stay in my lane, I will not compete with anyone.â€ Now, thatâ€™s an attitude God can work with. When you focus on being who God made you to be, thatâ€™s when youâ€™ll rise up higher, and position yourself for every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!
“â€¦let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faithâ€¦”(Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV)
Pray With Me
Yahweh, I humbly come to You giving You all that I am. Father, help me keep my eyes on You and no one else. Please work on my heart and mind, so I will learn to stay in my lane and run my own race. God, I want You to be my only focus. I want to be free from competition today, in Jesusâ€™ Name! Amen.