January 11, 2018

Too Competitive?

By: Mikaela Fox [Valley Park, MO]

As a pre-med student, I am surrounded by competition—for the highest grades, the top MCAT scores, the most prestigious summer internships.

Typically, I thrive in a competitive environment. In healthy levels, competition can be a good source of motivation. But when competition gets out of hand, it can become dangerous. I begin to compare myself to others and beat myself up if I don’t make the highest grade on a science test or get selected to interview for a research internship. Soon I start to doubt my abilities and my goals.

Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:26 (NRSV)

When I get this competitive, I constantly have to stop and remind myself that God made each one of us a unique individual with special skills and talents. I don’t have to be the best at everything, but I can try my best to be the person God created me to be. I don’t know yet if that will involve medical school; but if I place my trust in God and put forth my best effort, I know that God will guide me through the rest.

REFLECT: In what areas of your life do you feel competitive? What abilities do you have in these areas? Think about the abilities other people have in this area that you don’t. Are there ways that you can work together toward a common goal?

Act On It

Next time you feel competitive, pause for a moment to consider how you can lift up God’s name and share God’s love rather than competing only for personal glory.


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