A Lesson in Success and Self Preservation

One day, a young soldier walked up to a much-decorated senior officer in the army and asked him, “Sir, what is the secret of your success in the army? I want to be successful too.”

The officer looked at the young soldier steadily for about three minutes and gave him a threatening order. He gave the young soldier a cup full of water and told him to walk round the training field five times. He clearly told him that his life depended on it, and if a drop of waterfalls from the cup, another soldier would shoot him on the head. Four soldiers were strategically positioned to shoot him down once a drop of water falls from the cup.

Seeing how serious the whole thing turned out, he took the cup full of water and went out to complete his assignment. The young soldier carefully walked round the training field five times without letting a drop fall from the cup. At the completion of the task, he returned the full cup to the senior officer.

When the man saw his commitment to preserve his life by not allowing a drop of water out of the cup, he asked him the following questions:

‘Did you see those half-naked girls dancing at the mammy market?”

The young soldier replied, “No.”

“Did you see those soldiers playing football in the field?”

The young soldier replied, “No.”

“What about those fighting across the other side of the field?”

The young soldier replied, “No.”

Then, the officer looked at him and said, “If you keep focusing on your task, you will succeed and preserve your life also.”

At that point, the young soldier left happily.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.Isaiah 50:7

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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