Choosing to serve your country and other people is not just a job, but a calling. And that calling will require you something: to pay the price.
However, pursuing this kind of calling is not just about suffering but more of the priceless fulfillment you could ever have in your life.
Last month, we already had the chance to visit my Kuya (older brother) from his training camp for Officer Candidate of Philippine Air Force in Lipa, Batangas after five long months of no communication.
After observing & hearing my Kuya’s story from his challenging and strict training, here are the life values I have observed that we can practically apply to our own lives as we face our battles and chase our own dreams.
1. Discipline will allow you to go to your next level.
“Discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11) There is no discipline that seems pleasing. But all hardship that we will encounter will eventually refine and mold us to be the best that we can be.
2. Undergoing strict training is essential for you.
Strict training will help us form our character. You can never be better/great without training. Imagine a Soldier without a proper training, not undergoing proper basic shooting skills, what could we expect from their performance then?
Strict Training prepares you for the real battle. It will dictate your performance. So whether you don’t like to the process of training, you still have to love it.
3. You should face your fear
The only way to conquer your fear is to face it. Your fear is your unnecessary baggage that stops you from growing. In military training, they have to face their fear. If they don’t know how to swim, they should learn to whether they like it or not. They are thought to conquer their fear because most of the time we allow our fear to consume and control us. But if we learn to face our own fear, we can expect to be the best version of us.
4. It’s better to be uncomfortable
The moment you stay on your comfort zone that’s the time you will stop on growing. In Military training, they have to beat their own record everyday. Improvement should always be evident in their performance. Thus, in life, you should always aspire to conquer greater heights and to keep from complacent atmosphere.
5. Trust and obey the authority
The authority delegated to our lives see things beyond what we can see. Their vision is beyond on what we see. That’s why sometimes we hardly understand their instructions. But at the end, you have to obey because their instructions are always for the sake of us. You have to obey because obedience brings reward.
6. Don’t quit! Quitting is for the weak
The easiest decision you could make when hard pressed comes is to give up. It is easy to give up. But a soldier never quit. It is never part of their vocabulary. You have to finish what you have started because your efforts will soon be paid off
7. Focus on the result
Focus on the price not on the negative things that will just make you discourage. If the prize is not clear to you, you will hardly fight for it. The result will push you to the limits and will allow you to go extra mile when difficult times go. Result is always priceless.
8. Your character matters!
Your skills aren’t enough to sustain you. What matters is your character! The Lord wants to see your heart not your skills. You have to stay humble no matter what you have achieved. Your heart to serve should never waiver and you should always have the right motivation why you are doing things.