At times there has been some validity in my life to the latent meanings behind the notion of "competitive spirituality". I don’t see it as a major factor now, but there were, and still are, times when, for better or worse, I may have done things or made certain choices in order to appear as good as or better than someone else. A lot of it is tied up in what may be an errant understanding of my commitment to example. The danger of hypocrisy in this regard looms large. Wanting to "appear" to others as well as we know we should sometimes takes some acting and dangerously redirects focus from You to ourselves.
There is another aspect of this in admiring and wanting to follow the example of others who were saints and mystics. If these folks were phony "posers", then they too were guilty of the drive for spiritual appearances. But the true example of their lives is precisely that they were not trying to be anything for anybody else but You. If one can live one’s life with that totally at the forefront, then there is no worry about others at all, or about what they think of you or what they see - no worry at all! This is the desired attitude in this matter: that one should dwell spiritually at the point where one simply does not worry about what anybody else thinks. To be cleansed of all the powerfully swaying concerns about images others have of us is a difficult but essential part of spiritual growth. It is only how You see us that matters and there are no illusions in that.