Ambition – In the image of God?

Tonight I was at a campus function where the guest speaker, seeking to motivate the students, said a remarkable thing.

We are the only creatures that God created who are restless, we are the only creatures who have ambition. …It is part of our having been made in the image of God that we have ambition, drive to become something more.

On one level he is certainly right. Elephants, cows, and cats do not strive for anything beyond their basic needs. We alone seek not only to build shelter, but to create buildings that will stand for generations and be admired by all. We alone strive beyond need…

But is that because we are made “in the image of God”? Is God ambitious? Is ambition even a positive trait? Certainly it can lead to sinful behavior. What do you think?

 

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