Purple Congrats

Competition. What do you think about when you hear that word? I guess it depends on what kind of competition you've been involved in.

If you've been in healthy competition before, it may bring memories of friendly rivalry. But if you've been in unhealthy competition, it may bring memories of strife and hurt feelings.

I've never been a competitive person. Sure, I want to win when playing games, but I don't get emotionally involved in winning. It's not the end of the world if I don't win.

I'm going to talk today about the unhealthy kind of competition.

There are several dangers of competitiveness that make certain kinds of competition unhealthy.

Always wanting to win shows selfishness. It no longer is about having fun but about winning at all costs. Even the cost of the other person.

It brings pride. You want to get recognition for winning and want to talk about how good you are at that certain game. Maybe you want people to notice you.

Here's the key to the different types of competition: attitude. Are you playing the game simply to win? Or to have fun? I think it's good to adjust our focus from time to time.

The Bible says to do everything to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). Doesn't that include playing games?

I'm not implying that you don't do your best when playing games. In fact, I think you should! I'm saying that the focus should be 'did we do our best?' and not 'did we win?'

Don't get so caught up in the competition that you forget that the people on the other team are people too and have feelings.

Well, that's all for today. :P

<3 ashley

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