haha...!!! ahhh, ya gotta laugh. I just spent the best of two hours struggling to write a 2 minute read. It stretched into something far bigger than I wanted it to be, and I had to repeatedly trim it down... and just as I was almost happy with it - even though it was still bigger than I would've preferred - my laptop overheated, switched off, and I lost the lot... and this after I didn't want to get out of bed early this morning, knowing I wouldn't have to wake my kids at seven, as they aren't going to school today...!!! lol! Ah, I tell ya - ya really need a sense of humour in this world, huh?! ;)
Ok... I have about one minute left to fill in the lines of a 2 minute write. Let's see what I've got:
In running the race we believers are called to (and doing what God has called us to do as individuals,) I now see we do not share a track with any other human. We do not compete against them. So it doesn't matter if they are happy with us winning or not, because we didn't knock them out of the race. They have their own race to run - and whether they win or lose is up to them.
While the enemy does seek to trip us every step of the way, our fellow man is not our rival, and definitely not our enemy - even though they may view us that way at times.
No, we do not need to compete against our fellow man - be them believers or not. Rather "...brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss." (2Cor 13:11.12)