What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains. Ecclesiastes 1: 3-4
II Timothy 2:3-6 speaks of a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer. The soldier is tempted by civilian life, the athlete is tempted not to compete, and the farmer is tempted to sleep in.
“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.”
Each example speaks of hard choices each one has to make. Each has their battle, but what else do they have? They have a strong hope waiting for them on the other side of their discipline. The soldiers’ hope is to please his commanding officer, the athletes’ hope is to win the prize, the farmers’ hope is a harvest that he can’t get if he sleeps in. Each one has a hope that’s stronger than their desire to give in to self and that helps them win the battle.
Motivation demands hope. If you do not have hope in life, you have no motivation. A good question to ask ourselves is, “what is my hope?”. Is it to get married? Get a new car? Have a rib eye stake? Play golf every day? Ecclesiastes 1:3-4 was written by Solomon, the richest man who ever lived. He had it all, and his words tell the insanity of his efforts. His life reminds us it is impossible to replace the God-shaped vacuum wired in us by performing like a dog chasing his tail. Our only hope is for all God has provided by his perfect love and forgiveness for each of us; the promise of our ultimate satisfaction of living forever with our every desire fulfilled. Life’s battle, as we know it, is over.
Thank you Father. You give true hope, total purpose and meaning for my life.