8 Life Values You Can Learn From A Military Training

taken during my Kuya's Incorporation day

taken during my Kuya’s Incorporation day

            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. 

Happy to Serve

Perhaps some people would not understand what you are doing. They think it’s insane to put other people first than yourself. But they just don’t know what joy it brings to serve.

The moment you embrace and understand what service truly means, you begin to love and enjoy helping other people.

You may be spending the rest of your life serving other people and it seems like no one appreciating it. You have done everything to do well, yet other people are still against you. What you think the right way to do, seems like wrong with others. You know that you’re doing your part, but some people think you’re just doing it to gain something.

But take heart. DON’T MIND THEM. Do not mind what people would tell to you. Do not mind if the circumstances work against you. Do not mind if others are just laughing at your cause or if they’re not buying on your vision. Do not hold on their mockery.

Just continue what you have started. For if it is for the good of other people, there will always be a huge comeback in store for you. Whatever you have done for the sake of the others, it will also happen to you. Maybe the time is not yet the right time to happen, but surely it will happen on right moment and season of your life.

Your effort and labor will not be in vain. Don’t stop doing the good cause just because others are not with you. Because you may not believe it, but whatever you are doing will impact the world. It will take part on the transformation of the world. You will be an influence and you will be part of the history.

You may not be seeing it for the meantime but you have to see it and prepare yourself for it will surely happen.

So always put a smile because there is always joy in serving. Even if it is physically demanding, even if it gives you sleepless nights, and even if it demands your time. The joy in serving will always remain the same; it will always be priceless.

Your life will only be worthwhile when you come to understand and embrace the heart in serving other people.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”