Stop Competing

April 4, 2012

No this is not a post about the evils of sports. I actually have no problem with a little friendly competition. 

Sometimes competition drives us to do better than we would have before. 

Image(Speaking of friendly competition, here we have a game of “I have never.”)

I remember helping with a VBS program that would have a competition every year between the boys and the girls. They would see who could bring in the most amount of money for the mission being supported. It was always a lot of fun to watch the kids get really excited when the numbers were displayed at the end of each day to show who had brought in more that day and then who was in the lead for the week.

It really got crazy when penny day came about. The church would bring in a couple wheelbarrows (one for the boys and one for the girls) to carry out all the change the kids (and parents) had been saving up for the year. 

No, that is not the competition that needs to stop.

I’m talking about our attitudes in ministry. Way too often we get caught up in trying to compete with other local congregations for the bigger or better ministries. 

It can happen at home too. In an effort to have a great relationship with our children we can strive too hard to be the “cool” parent who is their child’s best friend. We want our children to like us the best and not hear statements like “well Jonny’s mom let him do ________!” 

My parents would always come back with a well reasoned “But I’m not Jonny’s mom”, or my favorite “Well obviously Jonny’s mom doesn’t love him like we love you.” You have got to love parents!

In all seriousness we do need to stop concerning ourselves with the actions of others. This is not so we become apathetic but rather so we can focus on doing the best job in whatever ministry God has given us to do. 

Are you praying for your ministry and those you minister to daily? Good! Keep that up. Without a proper connection with God you will not be able to discern His voice. Then you will start listening to all the voices around you saying you are not good enough because “that ministry has way more attendees.”

What are your motivations? Are you really doing your ministry to bring glory to God and to see saved by Jesus? Are you trying to guide them to walk closer with Him? Or is the point to let people know how great a leader you are? If the last one is the case then you need to evaluate yourself.

My point is, running just on competitions will wear you out. My ministries have enough problems of their own. It is at least one full time job concerning myself with my daily duties. I don’t need to take on the extra job of trying to compete with the church, parents, or extra ministry down the road. 

Do the best you can do with the resources God has given you. Follow His Spirit’s guidance, and remember to love people the way Jesus has loved you.


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