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  1. Look what I found on Facebook! Being a painter, I'm really excited about this and I'm probably going to go ahead and submit soon as I figure out what I want to paint for it. ^^; I'm not sure if we have any other artists here but I wanted to post this to encourage others to participate if they so wish. I put up the link for the website and page for more information about it. Check out last years winners! Those are gorgeous!
  2. I believe competition is wicked, the very definition of the telestial, Darwinian world in which we find ourselves. Competition is about being "the best". It's not about being particularly good, just better than everyone around us. It is the very definition of pride. It is the very antithesis of Christlike behavior. Jesus never said, "Be ye therefore better than your neighbor." Pride convinces us that unless we are as good as (or preferably better than) our acquaintances, we are inadequate. Worse, pride tells us that tearing another person (business, etc.) down it acceptable, because it increases our status in the pecking order. I understand that our world functions on competition. I understand that the man (or woman) who utterly refuses to compete will be eaten alive, figuratively or perhaps literally, by the world. I understand that our economic system is defined by competition, and that maintenance of "healthy competition" is vital to our way of life. I also understand the attraction and even benefits of sports, which are completely defined by head-to-head competition. My sons wrestle, and I doubt there is a more deeply and fundamentally competitive sport. It is a "team sport" only in theory. In practice, it's you and the other guy, each striving to win mastery over his opponent. And I support and encourage my sons' efforts, despite the fact that it's pure competition. When my middle son won his district tournament, he did it by climbing over other boys, boys who shed tears on losing and who bravely tried to smile despite their deep disappointment -- as I have seen my own boys do on many occasions. I really do understand all that. I still say that competition is wicked. It leads to jealousy, discontent, and lack of unity. You cannot love and support your brother or sister as you ought if you're constantly striving to be better than they are. Note that "competing with yourself" is an oxymoron. I'm talking about actual competition, not verbal games. I am convinced that competition is wicked, and is a feature of our fallen world and NOT the celestial realms where we hope to be -- and which we are supposed to emulate to prepare ourselves for such glory. Responses and reasoned disagreements most welcome.
  3. Several years ago, I discovered a plain system in which situations commonly worsen! I had a soccer game against a team called the freeze and I was starting offense. To put the first half of the game in summary, nothing was scored on offense, really close, but nothing was scored except a kick from the other team putting the score at my team zero, their team one. When half time approached, the coach decided to put me back in but as defense this time. When it came down to it, I played pretty well and we won the game after the second half with our team three and their team, “The Freeze” one. But, after the game I felt a little bad that I didn’t score a point and started beating myself up inside. When my parents picked me up after the game, I started saying stuff like “I played pretty well didn’t I” or “Did you think I did good” which all came with the common replies such as “Yeah you did ok.” This cycle of me asking how I did and getting “OK” answers continued with me wanting a reply such as an enthusiastic, “Great Job”! Unfortunately, this reply never came because my questioning began to change more along the lines of “I did better than him didn’t I?” or “We had the best defense for sure?” As this cycle continued to my imminent contentious attitude from the experience and eventually, my imminent time out. As I prayed and pondered upon the experience later that night, I came to learn one of the greatest lessons of life and competition. Begin with encouragement in mind! Had I began with a statement such as, “What a great game!”, “Did you see how great my team played today” or even, “thanks for the ride.” The ride home and the entire situation would have ended with a much more positive note. "No matter how many people, how much determination. The only person you’re ever competing with is yourself." "A true winner at something doesn’t just win that battle against themselves though, they win in all aspects of conscience!" Just by using the gift and power of encouragement, we can all be winners everyday!