Congratulations on your achievements, and for using the wonderful gifts of intellect and drive which God has given you!
Of course studying hard is important, and competition can be a healthy motivator, to an extent.
Self-love is natural and necessary, but not to the exclusion of loving God and others.
I encourage you to prayerfully reflect on your goals you have set (as a student and for the future), and how you are prioritizing your goals, in the light of the faith.
Also, we are called to love as God wills us to love, now, as if today is our last day on earth. Our present actions aren’t just for the future.
Some things to consider:
*]For what purpose do you want success and fame?
*]Are you allowing personal achievement and fame to become your idol? In other words, are they more important to you than God is?
*]Are you allowing success to define your value or dignity as a person?
*]Are you stomping on others to achieve your goals?
*]Do you striving to love God, now, by giving him glory, with every thought, word and deed? Or are you putting it off for “the future”?
Our greatest role in life is to work toward our salvation (Heaven) by knowing, loving and serving God. #1 priority!
And we do not truly love God if we don’t love others. Intentions or emotions don’t count. Love is action – every choice/decision we make should reflect our love for God.
We give glory to God by allowing Him to use us according to the Father’s Will. He didn’t create us to give glory to ourselves.
**I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind,
with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;
rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests, but [also] everyone for those of others.
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus…
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.
They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
(1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”
(2 Timothy 4:7).
If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar;
for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen
cannot love God whom he has not seen.
This is the commandment we have from him:
whoever loves God must also love his brother.
(1 John 4:20-21)
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
and everyone who loves the father loves [also] the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments.
(1 John 5:1-2)
Holy Spirit Interactive commentary: Vainglory - Seeking the Praise of Men