Ambition is overrated.
I want to be the best me I can be. I want to excel in the skills I’ve learned. I want to grow and develop. I’m sure you do as well.
If we’re honest, most of us want to just be better than the next person. That’s what competitiveness is about. Wise Ricky Bobby said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”
We want more because it’s expected in society. We want to do more, because, why not? Don’t you want to be the best in your field? Don’t you want a bigger house, more money, more friends, more power, more influence, a better lifestyle? (Sure, Tony Robbins!)
This ambitious competitiveness and self seeking aggrandizement that we’ve learned to exhibit is leading us to the finish line of nothing.
Selfish ambition is a race with no finish line.
As believers, our ambition, our seeking has got to be about something else. James said, “Envy and selfish ambition leads to disorder and every evil practice.” (Jam 3:16)
As believers, seekers of the kingdom of God, followers of Christ our Leader – the sooner we realize that earthly/selfish ambition is empty, the sooner we will begin to run the race with a clear course and clear finish line.