Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21, KJV

Being Your Own Competition

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14, New Living Translation

In our journey of faith and personal growth, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. We measure our progress against someone else’s achievements, often leading to feelings of inadequacy or pride. However, God calls us to a different standard – to be our own competition. The Apostle Paul’s words to the Philippians remind us of this truth. He acknowledges that he hasn’t reached perfection but chooses to focus on pressing forward toward the goal set before him. Similarly, we are called to let go of the distractions of comparison and instead fix our eyes on our own journey of growth and transformation.

Being your own competition means striving to become the best version of yourself, not in comparison to others, but in alignment with God’s purpose for your life. It means setting personal goals, pursuing excellence, and continually seeking to grow in faith, character, and service. Instead of looking sideways at what others are doing, look inward and upward. Ask yourself: What steps can I take today to become more like Christ? How can I use my gifts and talents to honor God and serve others? What areas of my life need growth and refinement? Remember, your journey is unique, and God has a specific plan and purpose for you. Embrace the process of growth, celebrate your progress, and trust that God is continually at work in you. As you strive to be your own competition, may you find joy and fulfillment in becoming all that God created you to be.

Action Step: Take some time to reflect on your personal goals and aspirations. Write down one area of your life where you feel called to grow or improve. Commit to taking one tangible step toward that goal this week, trusting God to guide and empower you along the way.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the journey of growth and transformation You have set before me. Help me to let go of comparison and competition with others and instead focus on becoming the person You created me to be. Grant me the wisdom and strength to press forward toward the goals You have placed in my heart. May my life be a reflection of Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Meditation Song

Press Toward the Mark – Norman Hutchins