Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Selfish Ambition

"For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice." - James 3.16

Selfish ambition.  That's what the Lord is talking to me about today.  Are my ambitions selfless or selfish?  Do I write on this blog because I want my name out there, or because I want recognition, or because I want people to think I'm a great writer?  Or do I write on this blog to help and serve you guys, the readers?

That's a big question that requires some soul searching.  And it's a question we can all ask ourselves.  Whatever it is we do, whatever we're passionate about, whatever keeps us awake at it about our selfish ambition or do we have an ambition to help others?

My husband is a writer, too, and so we've been talking about this lately.  Why do we want to write?  It cannot be for our own fame or renown; it must be for the glory of God, helping and serving others.

This is particularly difficult in a culture that promotes and praises selfish ambition, isn't it?  To really lay down our lives, pick up our crosses, and follow Jesus is completely opposite of what our culture deems good and right and maybe even healthy.

What if we didn't choose the easy life?  What if we didn't choose the life that got the most for us (the most fame, the most money, the most comfort, the most vacations, the most followers)?  Rather, what if we chose the life that did the most for others?  It would require a lot of sacrifice.  Picking up a cross usually does.  But Jesus asks no less of us.

Let's ask the Lord to replace our selfish ambitions with selfless ambitions.  Let's chase hard after a life that serves others rather than ourselves.  Easier said than done, yes.  But with God, totally possible.


Anonymous said...

Great post! Motive matters. I would also add that many well compensated writers got there by pursuing selfless ambition. Not that compensation was their motive, but that sometimes the result of a pure motive is increased demand. They write keeping their audience's needs in mind, which will always increase your readership. Your blog is a great example. I believe you write to influence culture in the areas of adoption and family values - not for your own benefit, but because you believe that voice needs to be heard, our society needs change, and most importantly, there are people who have questions...people who can learn greatly from your knowledge, experience and perspective. You care about the audience you write to. They read your blog because you are authentic...even about your struggles with ambition. I resonate completely with this post. There is in fact pure, beautiful forms of ambition, and also the kind to watch out for. Great question to always ask yourself: why do we want to write? Love it! Thanks for posting!

Laurel Feierbach said...

Well, thank you very much for your encouraging words, Jarrod! That means a lot to me!

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