“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.” – Luke 12:35 (NIV)
At an early age, my parents and family instilled in me the importance of being ready. I can recall a time when my mother said to me, “Ryan, we are leaving at “such-and-such” a time. Make sure your lunch is ready.” At the time, I was in elementary school and was grown enough to make my own lunch. However, I had to manage my time because if I waited in the morning, I would be late. One night, I didn’t feel like making my lunch. The next morning, I was rushing and didn’t have time to make it. My mother’s car was the only transportation I had. It was time to go and I was lunch-less. Let’s just say I was on a fast that day! Lesson learned.
But, this lesson of being ready can be translated into the power of preparation.Where you are right now is an opportunity for you to prepare for what’s next. I’ve learned that when you complain, procrastinate or dismiss the season you’re in, you will not be ready for the next. In fact, you may disqualify yourself because of your attitude. I’ve been there. I know the frustration of feeling stuck or stymied. There’s no doubt that we can all get stuck in place without prospects of moving forward. But, in many cases, we may confuse being stuck with getting trained and ready.
Preparation offers the opportunity to go deeper — take a look at your motives, your character and your agenda.
- Have you taken the time to figure out why you do what you do?
- Why are you friends with him or her or them?
- Why did you pursue this career?
- Why are you spending this much time on the unfulfilling and dismissing your call?
- Do you have a plan for the next 5, 10, 20, 30 years of your life?
- Do you know where you are going?
Have you ever been a passenger in a car with a driver that doesn’t know where they are going but act as if they do? It’s the worst!! You wasted time (that you can’t get back), gas (which is going up again) and prompted needless frustration due to the pride of a driver that won’t admit they have no direction. The same applies to life. Even if you make a wrong turn or find yourself at a dead end, it’s not the end of your journey. You made a mistake. We all make mistakes. Turn around and get on the right path!
From a Christian perspective, I have heard many people say “I’m waiting on God.” It may be true. But, waiting doesn’t mean an absence of productivity or fruitfulness. Waiting on God is not a stalling tactic. The power of preparation says that I may be waiting but I’m learning and growing as I wait. Then this way — the opportunities coming my way don’t have to wait on me!
At an early age, I loved to sing. My parents brought me my first microphone with a stand. I sang my heart out on that thing. I kept singing. When I outgrew the microphone stand, I found other ways to sing. But, I didn’t know God was preparing me to sing before Him, to minister to others and one day preach His Word. I wasn’t sure what was ahead but I’m thankful that I knew not to stop preparing.
Wherever you are in life, preparation is waiting on you; it’s power and it’s potential. It’s your choice. But, I would humbly advise you take up serious prep. Your future depends on it. – REF