Saturday: 27th July, 2019

Reference text: Matthew 13:24-30

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'”

In this time of significant milestones in camera, display and processor technology, there is so much competition out there in the world of mobile phones that we are literally spoilt for choice. Yet, the competition that exists in this industry is the kind I admire because it focuses on making one’s product better and more appealing than that of others.

The reality about this kind of competition is that it pushes competitors to want to outdo one another by tapping into the vast reserves and resources at their disposal to come out triumphant, even amidst the competition they face. Therefore, unlike the intention of the enemy who sowed weeds in the field of wheat as we read in the Gospel, true competition is hardly about sabotage.

True competition in many ways is rather ‘selfish’ because it requires making your product, even yourself, the very best without placing any obstacles in the path of your competitors. That gets you distracted since you have to spend energy and time ascertaining if your ploys have worked and what other ways to thwart their efforts you can employ. Those resources can be channeled into improving yourself and what you present.

‘While everyone slept’, that was when the sabotaging was done; so in case you were contemplating, it isn’t as easy as you might believe to sabotage. Sweetheart, the wheat reached maturity and produced grain even in the midst of weeds, so

‘true competition’ should not put you off, but push you to present an improved version of what you have to offer.


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