Patience is a proof of a desire. You prove how badly you want something by how long you are willing to wait for it. Most of times patience is fuelled by a reward. What gives you the strength to wait is the value you put on what you are waiting for.
The value of a key is determined by the value of what is behind the lock. Strength of a winning motivation is in the value of the prize to be won. Focusing on a prize instead of a price is crucial to overcoming any obstacle. That is why before taking up the challenge to compete athletes do check prize money first.
David was motivated to fight Goliath by the prize. He put his life on the line because he knew by defeating the giant he would be crowned king, become extremely rich and marry King Saul’s beautiful daughter. Even Samson the giant needed motivation from a beautiful woman before he could fight.
The reason why Christ endured the pain of the cross is because of the prize He was promised to get. He knew He would be crowned as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
In His best-selling book “Mans Search for Meaning” Dr. Victor Frankl , a holocaust survivor, mentioned the importance of hope in surviving even the most difficult experiences such as the Nazi concentration camp.
“…Woe to him who saw no more sense in his life, no aim, no purpose, and therefore no point in carrying on. He was soon lost. The typical reply of which such a man rejected all encouraging arguments was, “I have nothing to expect from life any more.” ..The prisoner who had lost faith in the future-his future -was doomed. With his loss of belief in the future, he also lost his spiritual hold; he let himself decline and became subject to mental and physical decay. Usually this happened quite suddenly, in a form of a crisis, the symptoms of which were familiar to the experienced camp inmate…Usually it began with the prisoner refusing one morning to get dressed and wash or to go out on the parade grounds. No entreaties, no blows, no threats had any effect. He just lay there, hardly moving. If this crisis was brought about by an illness, he refused to be taken to the sickbay or to do anything to help himself. He simply gave up. There he remained, lying in his own excreta, and nothing bothered him any more.”
Do you know the prize of what you are thriving for?