I think every human being wants:
- to love and be loved
- to be significant
- to have peace and the ability to think clearly
- to be satisfied or content; to have “Enough”
Why are so many people discontent?
When we look to the left and right at people, comparing ourselves with them, there is jockeying for position and comparison. There is no win in comparison. When we look straight ahead at Jesus, and focus on Him, there, and only there, will we have peace and contentment. The riches of His love will always be enough. The riches of the world will never be enough.
There are two types of competition: healthy and unhealthy.
1. Healthy competition includes striving to be the best you can be (in the classroom, at work, on the court or on the field) while encouraging your teammates to do their best too. Without them pushing us, we would not be who we are today. A good example would be Cleveland Clinic/Mayo Clinic/Johns Hopkins Hospital. There is a lot of competition to work in those facilities. Only the best will do. As a result, anyone who goes to these hospitals gets great care.
2. Unhealthy competition includes trying to be better than someone for purely selfish reasons and then boasting/posting about it. In my undergraduate studies, I had a girl who had the same major as I did, sit next to me in our Anatomy and physiology class. P.T. is a competitive field. We just received our test scores back. I didn’t like to show anyone my grades, good or bad. This girl peeked at my grade (which was 100%). She leaned over to me, flashed me her grade (103%) and uttered these words with a crooked smile, “You can make up those 3 points on the next test.” My mouth dropped open as I felt the piercing darts of her prideful words.
When we try to be like the person to the left or right, we have already lost.
What do you think is the secret to satisfaction? I’d love to hear your thoughts.