“Bwoy a one thing me waa tell you bout Simone, the girl full a ambition! Yes! She jus buy one house last year and yesterday me see har and is a new car she a drive… She really ole up har head. Me proud a har. Truss me!”
The words are all too familiar; we sometimes catch ourselves speaking about people and hear others doing it too. We love it when people are stepping into their prime and excelling beyond what we expected. We watch as they acquire more and more, especially when they are our relatives or loved ones.
I had the same lofty dreams. I wanted a nice beach front house on the north coast and a beautiful car, Bugatti to be exact. I wanted the same things to be said about me. As I got closer to God however my eyes unveiled, not all at once but slowly and a few of my ambitions began to change or at least the reasons for me desiring the things i did.
Ambition according to dictionary.com is defined as, “earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honour, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment”.
In my very own quest for fulfillment I found that having goals and working towards them daily allows us to have a sense of purpose in our lives. The sad part however is that I also found that this fulfillment wasn’t even close to bridging the gap we humans feel at times. I thought about it a lot and questioned how a man who is wealthy and has all he needs could be sad. Or how can a woman who is at the top of the social ladder be feeling lonely? Why is it that after attaining a goal the emptiness returns?
It’s almost as if the ambition is never enough to quench a man’s appetite for completeness. Well the truth is, we may never find fulfillment through our ambitions especially if we are seeking to gain only for ourselves and not to add value to the lives of others.
Just a few weeks ago my husband and I watched the movie ‘Jobs’ which portrayed the life of Steve Jobs – Apple genius! I became disgusted before the movie could get to intermission. The man was just a horrible person. He treated people poorly, and although he had a dream of serving the world a state of the art computer he did it at the expense of many things, including his daughter at first, his friends and business partners. His best friend that started the company with him actually quit because he realized it was just his selfish desire driving him at that point.
Please don’t misunderstand, Steve Jobs is an icon, a legend in his own way, a visionary but he just didn’t quite get the holistic view of success, at least not in my opinion.
Let’s look at the following verse, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”- John 12:24
What Jesus was saying here is that to be truly great, we must lay down our own selfish ambitions. We must let these ambitions die and do something to help others and soon it will bear fruit. Think about it, the houses and cars that we are chasing now, of what real benefit will it be to society? How does it truly contribute to the overall well-being of another individual? Some of us are not even willing to share a room in that house with another person even if they are truly in need. Or offer a ride to a neighbour in the pretty car when we get it. These are selfish ambitions. I’m sure life is much more than this. Nothing is wrong with these essentials but I believe we should aim higher. We should aim to transform the world one person at a time – that’s true ambition.
Let’s face it. We live to work to buy what society has trained us to think we need. We land ourselves in debt, pay bills and then die. Where is the honour in all this? We should live our lives like a grain of wheat that falls and dies to rebirth as a whole field, a field that can serve many people.
Re-evaluate some of your goals. Of course we cannot doubt that God has bigger things in store for us, that is, if we truly want it!
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