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#MotivationalWisdom Straight-Talk Episode - Ambitious

"The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?" (Daniel 4:30)

Today, I am going to start with this quote the Lord gave to me, “An ambitious person has no boundaries, and will change many colors.” Just reflect on this for a moment. Now, the definition of ambitious is derived from the Latin word ambitio, which came from ambire, a verb meaning “to go around,” in which the activity was caused by a desire for honor or power. Hence, later ambition was the infinitive word for English and French. However, ambitious has multiple transparent meanings such as the following: 1) Possessing, or controlled by ambition; greatly or inordinately desirous of power, honor, office, superiority, or distinction; 2) Followed by of or the infinitive; as, ambitious to be or to do something, having an overzealous desire for success or achievement, requiring full use of your abilities or resources; 3) Audacious - showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks; showing an impudent lack of respect. Recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like; 4) Grandiose - Impressive and imposing in appearance or style, especially pretentiously; excessively grand or grandstand; and 5) Greedy - Having or showing an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth or power.

Let’s stop to digest
All these transparency meanings which unveil an ambitious individual. To illustrate further, a theatrical character in the “Gladiator” movie, “emperor Commodus” the son of Marcus Aurelius who seizes the empire's throne after murdering his father. One of the number one virtues Commodus talks about to his father after he is informed, he will not precede his father on the throne is “ambition.” He was so ambitious after embracing his sick father in his bosom, he suffocates and murders him. Shortly after, demands honor from everyone, puts out an assassination on “Maximus” the armies general and brutally murders his whole family, takes hostage his sister and her child to do with as he pleases, and starts a grandstand of games to captivate the people all for power and honor. The two evils portraying love; honor and power, without BOUNDARIES.

The YouTube link from Gladiator, Commodus last

words before he murders his father:

This correlates with the context of the scripture which unveils King Nebuchadnezzar’s ambitious persona regarding his kingdom and those who dwelt within it. This is the same King Nebuchadnezzar which commanded promotion for Daniel and His friends, commanded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego put in the fiery furnace to be burned for not bowing and worshipping his gods (reference Daniel 2:46-40, Daniel 3:8-28). This is the same King Nebuchadnezzar who acknowledges God’s power and praises God, but never submits to God wholeheartedly until his pride was stripped, honor, and his power taken away (Daniel 4:31-37).

What life lessons must the listener or reader consider from the context of scripture in self-evaluation and understanding people of influence within life? 

Does this opportunity for evaluation present life or death?

Life Lessons to Remember

Reflect and Evaluate:

  1. Truth reveals an ambitious individual’s transparency for honor and power. The intent of the heart
  2. An ambitious individual has only two paths leading to life or death
  3. No boundaries. Therefore, no true integrity, trust, or honesty develops. Envy is a driving mechanism for honor and power
  4. An ambitious lifestyle grows in the bloodline overtime. Producing a cycle of reciprocity, immorality, and cultism
  5. There is an appointed time of downfall for every ambitious individual orchestrated from the Kingdom of God revealed on a public platform.
  6. Know ambition or ambitious is NOT a leadership characteristic for success or achievement
  7. Know an ambitious individual has the opportunity to change one’s path for the positive for growth, development, and true life. However, the war is within to possess, honor, and power.

What advice from this life lesson might I give as a personal reflection and experience? RUN the other direction, ESCAPE out of the path if given the opportunity, and MOVE FORWARD in life. Never second guess evident transparency revealed of an ambitious individual. Fight for what is right! The rest of this life lesson is a personal reflection time for all the listeners and readers. 

Be Blessed and stay connected to Jesus,

Lady Cynthia R. Kelly
God's Humble Servant
Evangelist - International Author
Host #MotivationalWisdom Podcast

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