I am watching Survivor on CBS right now. It is a show that has been on for a very long time. They take 18 strangers, one cool and friendly host, one island with two (sometimes three) separate living spaces called tribes. They will compete for prizes and life on the island. If they lose a challenge, they are kicked off the island and show. The contestants will eventually work down to three or four and compete to win a million dollars. The show itself isn’t to exciting since the main principle is to cheat, steal and do whatever you can to win.
However, there is an interesting people dynamics that I really am intrigued by, the people interactions. They are required to live within a confined space with very little food or luxuries and play an emotional yet strategic game of survivor.
I think we all experience minor survivor shows throughout our lives. For example,
The Junior High Relationship… Peer groups are important, finding a life long spouse, making the team, being popular
The Senior High Relationship… Similar as the Junior High with an added pressure to determine your future life, employment etc.. during your freshmen year.
The Dating Relationship…how much of the real you do you share and when, how much of your childhood is shaping or corrupting your view on relationship.
The Employee Relationship… how can you move up the corporate ladder, do you choose to be morally and ethically right and lose out, how much time do you spend at the water cooler.
The Parent Relationship.. how many kids do we have, how do we make time for the marriage when the kids need stuff, how can you keep up with the neighbors.
I could go on and on
So how do we as Christ-Followers manage to keep our faith, witness and survive? That is a great question and tension we need to navigate through until we die. I think we can learn throughout the experiences as we maintain solid relationships with other believers, be in the Word of God (Bible), and keep yourself accountable to God and a few people who care enough to call you into action when it is nessessary.
Great blessing to you and keep Surviving!!