Consider the current state of the NBA playoffs. I haven’t watched many games but social media keeps me pretty updated on what’s going on. We affirm our teams while seeking to obliterate other’s confidence in their teams. It would be one thing if we limited it to attacking teams but fans also attack each other. Consider the shooting that took place during the Thunder vs Lakers series, the legendary Palace brawl featuring the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers, or how you feel when that guy comes into your arena with the opposing team’s jersey on.
Even when we’re not supporting our teams we can suffer from competition-itis.
Today I had a chance to sit down (virtually at least) with a few pastors I knew via Google Hangouts. I’m headed to pastor in Bowling Green, Kentucky and wanted to get some advice from a few seasoned preachers. They shared with me ideas, resources, and insight that would never come from a seminary class or a best practices book.
One of things that came up in our conversation was how rarely some pastors sit down and chat with each other.
The competition is too fierce.
Pride is too thick.
Sharing is out of the question.
I saw this at the seminary. Some people were so guarded. They never talked about where they preached on weekends, what workshops they were attending, or a good book with ministry ideas.
Maybe some individuals felt that if they shared then they would lose what they had going for themselves. I believe there’s always enough to go around so I shared as much as I had. People shared with me in return and we were both helped as a result. It’s funny how we’re reminded constantly to share in kindergarten but forget the concept in later years.
Who do you think you’re competing with? Is it another teacher in your school? Another musician with more hits on YouTube? Maybe another pastor in your area or another motivational speaker with a book?
Take a chance and meet them for lunch, schedule a Skype chat, or better yet a Google Hangout. You might find that you can learn so much more from each other than you could on your own.