When I was in high school I remember we had boards in different hostels with the names of heads of the hostels, athletics captains, swimming captains, rugby captains, etc from years gone by. It was a prestigious thing to be able to have your name printed on one of those boards. Besides that, winning awards in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities was also an exciting prospect for many young people.
Such ambitions were motivation enough to get people working hard to achieve their set goals. Our school was a boys’ only school and at times we would travel to other schools to participate in activities that also involved people of the opposite sex. I can say for the most part people were hard working just to get some of the benefits.
Ambition is a good thing and can also be bad at the same time. If you didn’t achieve certain things it would become very easy to feel like a failure especially if you compared yourself to other people that had success or lived ‘the life’. This leads to the question, “what’s the purpose of life?” Is it just about winning and getting accolades?
A few months after leaving high school I felt a bit depressed for not accomplishing some things I wanted before leaving. I narrated these feelings to a mentor of mine at the time. He asked me an interesting question that changed my perspective about the dilemma I was facing. He asked, “Do you know the headboys or captains from several years ago?” He asked me a couple of times for different time frames in the past.
My answer in each case was, “I don’t know?” The point he was driving at was that most of the things we worry ourselves with are pointless in the big scheme of things. The great things you do today can easily be forgotten tomorrow. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said,
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Your primary purpose here on earth is to bring glory to God by pursuing His purpose for your life and not your own. There are various examples of people in the Bible that faced problems when they did things their own way while the converse is also true.
Here are a few reasons why you should prioritize the Kingdom of God over your own personal ambition:
1. The Kingdom of God is Eternal
The world for the most part has affected most of us as believers in measuring success just in monetary gain or material possessions. However, all those things are temporary even though they are necessary. The lives you touch today will be changed forever into eternity. The souls of the people around you matter most in the grand scheme of things. Live your life in such a way that when people look at you they see Jesus inside of you. Sometimes that’s all it takes to change someone’s life and lead them to God.
2. It moves you with compassion
There’s so much chaos and unrest around the world today. Economies are failing and a lot of fighting between nations are just a few of the indicators. For most people the natural response would be to just look out for themselves and have no concern for the needs of others. Visiting the sick or bereaved, feeding the poor, bearing others’ burdens are acts of love that you do when you have the love of God inside of you. When you take care of the needs of others He will take care of yours.
3. Peace in your heart
Instead of spending a lot of time comparing yourself with other people you will have peace knowing that God accepts you the way you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, you are unique, special in your own way. God will use you in a way that He won’t use anyone else. That alone should be motivation enough to encourage you to be the best of who God has called you to be.
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Be all you can be!