There is nothing wrong with setting the goal just to challenge and push ourselves to reach new levels of intensity in our writing careers. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be on the top of our game. There is everything wrong with comparing ourselves to everyone else and trying to do it all in our own power.
We write because we feel called or passionate about writing. That talent comes from our creator. Our efforts should flow out of a deep desire to be faithful with our talents and be obedient to Our Heavenly Father.
What’s wrong with the comparison game?
Competition is a lot of fun and a great way to challenge ourselves, but it shouldn’t be an all out focus of our goal. If beating everyone else is the only reason we push ourselves, then even in victory there will be some disappointment.
Don’t misunderstand me, I LOVE COMPETITION! It is fun and a great way for iron to sharpen iron.
Comparison is something altogether different. It assumes the value of a person by their output. “I’m better than you are.” It is a destructive force in our lives when we only relate our value to how much better or worse we are than everyone else.
Galatians 6:4 (NLT)
“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”
2 Corinthians 10:12 (The Message)
“We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.”
NaNoWriMo With The Right Focus:
We give our best effort and recognize that God makes the little we have into something amazing.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (NIV)
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
This month NaNo your heart out! Each day praise the one who gave you the talent and the light to be amazing!