“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” James 3:14-16
We are all born with the desire to take hold of something. As little children, we want to have the attention of our parents. When we grow up, we want to acquire the best grades, the best toys, the best people to be our friends, the best things in life. As soon as we move into adulthood we begin to want the best family, the best spouse and the best career path. Who wants to be a loser anyway.
But best becomes worse (or worst) when we fail to recognize that in our quest to have the best things, we are not independent of people. We need people to lift us up when we are down and push us when we no longer have the strength to move forward. If our desire brings us to a point where we are willing to compromise the welfare of others, our best becomes meaningless.
Let us not forget that we are not alone on this planet. Our actions may have a corresponding effect on someone’s life. So let us be careful and be wary of those around us. They are our partners, not competitors.