Ambition is the strong DESIRE to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. What are your desires? Are they for selfish reasons or for something or someone else?
I never considered myself an ambitious person before, because I thought being purposely ambitious meant you desired to do great things. However, in all actuality I was ambitious, but for the wrong reasons. There was nothing that truly motivated me to put my heart into something “great” until I started to build a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Before that, I worked multiple jobs for one reason – money! My desire for money was so unhealthy, because I would work countless jobs, starve myself of food, and deprive myself of sleep just for money that I would basically through away. (Yes, letting your money just sit idly with no investment, is the same as throwing it away.) I say I threw it away because I was obsessed with watching it collect in the bank and I wouldn’t touch it unless it was something that I wanted. Giving it to someone or something that didn’t benefit me, wasn’t an option.
It took me being laid off with minimal unemployment benefits and no potential job leads, to realize that all the money I’d earned was not mine to begin with. I earned all this money and still felt as if it was never enough. Yes, I became a slave to my own selfish desires. If it wasn’t for Pops stripping me of the very things I thought I needed, my relationship with Him today would be lost. So I ask again, what are your desires?
Maybe your desire isn’t money…
maybe its recognition from people
maybe its to be the center of attention
maybe its to be loved
maybe its for materialistic things
Whatever it is, ask yourself this one simple question… Do my desires align with the desires of God? Examine your ambitions to see if they are self-centered or God-centered.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” Philippians 2:13
Our desires to please God should overshadow our desire to avoid hardship and suffering. God is working in you to give you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.