And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 KJV)
There are many reasons why people want to win at contests or competitions. There are motivating factors that spur winners on. Not everybody recognises competitions for what they really are. Infact to win at anything, you first have to win the battle against yourself and your will /motivations.
Life is a like a boot camp. Somehow we all know there is a day coming when we will have to leave. No one, not even the worse culprit stays on boot camp forever. The rawness of the ordeal or the intense pressure you are put under at any boot camp either makes you push harder to get the lessons being taught so you can move on, or it makes you angry, complaining and you just plain want to quit, end of story. You just want to be allowed to go home. But is that really the end of the story?
Life makes most of us choose our motivations. Either to come out overcoming or come out kicking and screaming and complaining about the unfairness of it all.
Whatever our motivations are in life there is a goal that is set before every one of us whether we are aware of it or not. Whether we accept it or not. There’s a list we must make. There is team we must be chosen for. The great coach of life has a book. He has appointed a mediator. He has appointed trainers. They have been there and know what it takes to make the cut. He’s watching our daily progress. It is based on this that a decision is made about whether or not we have made the cut.
Just watch any detox or weight loss bootcamp series on TV. Most participants (for kack of a better word) don’t accept the work they have to do or the reasons they have been ‘imprisoned’ on these boot camps. The teenage rebel’s boot camp is quite interesting to watch. After a while of being there and realising that the regime and order of things are not going to change because of their whinning, they eventually, well some eventually begin to sober up and learn what they have been sent to learn. They even begin to see the benefits at some point and wholly participate in the discipline of the regime.
I say again, that life is like a boot camp. There is a reason behind every discipline and trial and we get to choose whether or not we will be motivated to become what we have to become. Infact we can choose what those motivations will be. They could be different for different people.
The life Coach, the creator, the maker of all that is seen and unseen has a book. His book is called the book of life. Everyone who makes the cut is recorded in this book. Most have heard of this book and this coach. Some could care less about him or his book. Others just want to check out of the boot camp, book or not. Others fervently want to make the list.
He provides a strategy, a training regime, a way to live so we can make the list. The list of the winning group, the winning team, the overcomers. The winners list. His way is easy to find. It is a simple diet of
reliance on a mediator. Someone chosen to run alongside us, to show us how to do life well, no matter the difficulties, someone to show us how to make it onto the list. Someone who has walked in our shoes and knows how it feels to be human and vulnerable and just plain scared.
For me, my motivation is now one beyond just my own self preservation. It has gone beyond just winning and making the list for making sake. I want to be able to meet the coach. To see him face to face. I simply
want to be there. Where else will I rather be?
When I close my eyes to this present realm. I want to immediately be in the company of the winning team,
in the presence of glory. I live in anticipation. But while I live, I waste not my opportunity. This is my chance to make the list. And for me, that is what living is all about.
I donot even want to find out what happens to those that do not make the list. Not because of the horrors I surmise awaits them but simply because, my not making the list will mean that I never get to meet this great coach, I never get to experience life outside ‘bootcamp’ I never get to breathe in the fresh air of glory, to live
really live in the presence of true freedom and magnificence and glory. Never see the one I love, face to
face. That will be worse than any hell I can imagine, worse than any hell ever described or pictured.
My question is; what is it all about for you? Are just living in the now thinking this boot camp life is all there is? Are you thinking that there is nothing better than this? that this is the end of the story? Are you motivated by the fear of hell? What spurs you on? or have you already left bootcamp in your mind, living with no reason to live?
Even if you think your life in this bootcamp is all the ‘heaven’ there can be, you will have no choice but to leave it one day.
Many people exit this boot camp everyday. I just heard of one yesterday. We say goodbye to them and weep over them. What if they are present in another reality which we can only imagine?
What will it have all been about for you when you give your final bow?
Enough said !!