Not too long ago someone told me I was ambitious. This was not meant as a compliment. Why? Because this person told me I should read the book Rescuing Ambition. It seems that my ambition may have been misplaced.
Rescuing Ambition was written by Dave Harvey in 2010. He was a pastor in Sovereign Grace Ministries.
Harvey traces ambition back to the beginning. We were wired for ambition in the beginning. Unfortunately, then, our ambition was corrupted.
When we come to know Christ, our ambition is converted. From there, our ambition will have an agenda and we need to understand what it is. Our ambition then has a confidence in who we have faith in.
Our ambition then follows a path which seems to be a paradox to the path the world would follow. Ambition then leads to a contentment, but one that cannot truly fulfill us.
Unfortunately, our ambition will sometimes lead to failure. We have to trust God even when it seems He is not there when we feel defeated.
Godly ambition leads us to a surprising place to see our ambition fulfilled. It is the church, of all places.
Ambition also requires risk to find the reward our ambition seeks.
Finally, Godly ambition seeks to pay it forward by looking ahead and seeking the best for those around us.
I found this book very thought provoking. It helped me look at my ambition and seek it in the proper places and ways. I will refer back to it again as I continue to seek to grow in Christ.