THE COST OF WINNING
Reference: 1 Samuel 1:6-8
1 Samuel 18:8 And Saul was furious and resented this song. “They have ascribed tens of thousands to David,” he said, “but only thousands to me. What more can he have but the kingdom?”
To the women in our text, all they were doing was singing the praise of two men. But to Saul, this was the interpretation: ‘oh, so now I am in competition with David right? From the sounds of it, it appears I am clearly on the losing side. To win then, perhaps I ought to take some measures’
And extreme measures he took, to the point of outsourcing David’s murder to his servants and even his own son.
Beloved, Winning indeed does feel good, whether it is an argument, a trophy, a competition or whatever comes to mind, the adrenaline and dopamine rush is exciting. But at what cost do our wins come? At the loss of a good friendship? At the relegation of our values? Or at the abandonment of our morals?
Let’s ponder on these the next time we want to win so bad at something.