What if you’re spending a lot of time around “green” friends, but your life still seems stagnant?
Could your heart, perhaps, be holding you back?
Today we’re taking a look at competition versus aspiration. There’s a subtle difference between competition and aspiration—and it all boils down to the heart.
Competition says, “I must be the best.”
Aspiration says, “I will do my best.”
Competition seeks to draw attention to self.
Aspiration seeks to honor God.
Competition’s root is pride.
Aspiration comes from the desire to become more like Christ.
All throughout the Bible we see a trend—God cares most about the condition of our heart. That is because everything we do, say and are in life flows from it (Proverbs 4:23).
What is the heartbeat behind your current friendships?
Do you always feel like you have to “one up” the other person, or are you okay saying, me too.
Do you always feel like you have to keep it together, or are you willing to let down your guard?
Are you sincerely happy for your friends when they succeed, or are you secretly jealous?
The truth is that we can hang around the wisest, most talented, and hardworking Christ-like ladies, but our “grass” (lives) will not become greener if our hearts’ motivation is competition.
We can throw down some turf, and it may look great to others, but it’s fake and shallow… and dead underneath.
If we want greener grass in our lives, we’ve got to put down our pride and replace it with the humility that allows us to have genuine, authentic, and intimate relationships with others. It’s humility that says, I don’t have it all together, but I’m aspiring to be more and do more, and I need you to help me get there.
We’re all in this together. As moms and followers of Christ we should support and encourage each other as often as given the opportunity. Let’s do a heart search today, and allow God to show us where we’ve been shallow and stubborn. Let’s pray and allow Him to change our hearts, break down the pride, and conform us more into His image.
Author: Katie Gibson