Want to be a winner? Compete against yourself, not somebody else. Beating your partner at a football pitch, boxing ring, or on the tennis court, does not necessarily mean you played your best game.
Outrunning your rival does not mean you have run your best race. You can win over another and still not fulfill your potential. It is a true fact of life. To become your best, you must compete with yourself. This is life’s biggest contest.
A looser is a winner, however much he loses, if he conquers himself. Likewise, a winner is a loser, however much his victories, if he fails to battle his biggest challenges.
Alexander the Great conquered the world, and cursed his own lack of self-control. Therefore, victory over others may in fact be the very thing that contributes to a winner’s failure to conquer their personal battles. Sometimes, winning makes people proud, arrogant, independent, thoughtless and even cruel.
In other words, it is not what happens to you that makes a difference, but how you handle it. For example; a Christian who stops maturing spiritually because he thinks he knows more scriptures than others or has achieved several successes in ministry, is still distant from becoming what Christ has planned for their lives.
If you must compare yourself with another, compare yourself with Christ. Let him mold and fashion your life into the full potential and the divine original, He intends you to be.
The writer is a Senior 6 student at Sonrise High School