“If you want to win forever, always compete.” – Pete Carroll
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Compete: “to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective (as position, profit, or a prize): be in a state of rivalry” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Pete Carroll has a philosophy towards life. He brought it to the USC Trojans and now it’s with him at the Seattle Seahawks. It’s simple, “Always Compete.” On the face of it that sounds, well, not very appealing to someone who’s supposed to be, who’s called to be, who’s been instructed by Jesus Himself to be… Humble. It sort of sounds like an oxymoron to what a Christian should be. However, to always compete doesn’t mean we’re always trying to beat… someone else. Or that we’re always trying to win at someone else’s expense. Our biggest competition is not a rival at work, on the field, or in a church. Our biggest competition is always the part of us that wants to give up. That part that succumbs to temptation. That being who is after the destruction of our souls. Always compete with that part. Only through running that race as fast and as hard as we possibly can, can we become the mother, the father, the grandparent, or employee we’re truly capable of and meant to be. Even our salvation and our lives as Christians rely on a competition. That’s why Paul referred to His life and ministry as a race. That’s why he referred to his reward as a winners trophy, a crown of righteousness. God is still pushing you and me to be something more than we currently are. Can you feel it? Yes, the blood on the cross means salvation for the failures, for the imperfect, for the sinners, for all of us. We’ll never reach perfection, or any semblance of it on our own. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t strive to be the absolute best we can be. No team has ever won a championship in any sport without trying. Sure, there have been extremely talented teams who won everything they’ve attempted. But they still had to try. In some ways, the more talented teams have to struggle more. They have to struggle against laziness, against complacency, against themselves. And so it is with us. For some of us, our temptations aren’t like others. Don’t take for granted the atonement we have from Jesus. Even if we can’t find a sin we’re pre-disposed to, we still need Jesus. We still need to fight to be all that He calls us to be. In everything we do, to be the best we can be, we need to… “Always Compete.”
Daily Journaling Question:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,