Preparation


The word that continued to pop in my head this morning as I navigated my way through Chapter 3 a second time was PREPARATION.

Tripp continues to bring to the forefront that we live in a fallen world as broken people with broken people.  In a perfect world, the preparation may not be as important... but in a world that is falling apart around us, the need to prepare is important.

I am not talk about stock piling ammo or large quantities of canned food.  I am not talking about building a bunker or compound.  I am not talking about planning our escape route or meet-up point.
I am not talking about the my go-bag...No, though these may be important... they are not nearly as important as the day to day preparation I need to meet the day.

To maintain realistic expectation, one must be prepared.  Before entering into important relationships, one must prepare.  When looking forward to your first child, one must prepare.  When waking up in the morning and facing a world falling apart... One must prepare.

Tripp finishes the chapter with these two questions...

Q1 "Where have you been caught up short because you have failed to live with realistic expectations?"
(I might add... where have you not prepared?)

Q2 What must you do every day to be both realistic and hopeful at the same time?
(I might add...what must you do daily to prepare?)

Get prepared... and have a great day!

Comments

  1. While I am not always totally prepared for what comes down the pike, I KNOW a lot of my prep for the day begins when my day begins. I have to prepare by starting out in my Quiet Time. I have to be with the Father. My day feels incomplete, unhinged even, when I haven't started out with Him.

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    1. I agree Bill, I just didn't realize how unhinged I was until I had committed to preparing... A lesson I should have taken to heart 20 years ago.

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  2. Wonderful post, Ryan! Yes, we must be prepared to face every new day. For me, that's giving God thanks and praise first thing in the morning.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Martha, sounds like you start the day well prepared!

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  3. One thing that helped me early in my walk with the Lord was preparing and not assuming He will perform a miracle when I have not put in time to pray, read, study, pray some more. After many years of walking with Him and knowing this I still fall short often. It's too easy to be distracted here in America with idle things. When we lived over seas preparation was always on our mind for without it you don't eat, have necessary things to cook with, like gas bottle. They call Papua New Guinea the land of the unexpected so you better be prepared for that. Getting up early was not an issue to have a quiet time for the villagers just outside our window were up before the sun was up. Without TV getting into the Word, having a prayer time was not th e battle it is here. My friends get a little frustrated because I do not carry my cell phone with me everywhere. t hey all are never without theirs. Also I learned and still learning I may not be prepared but God knows my day before it starts so if it start without a quiet time or a bible lesson He does not leave me without His help. He can always bring something to my mind in an emergency. I trust Him when I am not prepared to fill in my gaps, when He doesn't He is teaching me a lesson, AGAIN. I taught a lesson today on the name of God, Elohim without out much studying and only a quick prayer. God was merciful and the ladies who attended really taught the lesson with their input. God used me to ask them questions. All that to say, preparing is a must so there is something in our mind for God to use. The ladies thank me for the good lesson. I never cease to be amazed at God's grace especially in a time of need.

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    1. Great insight Betty... Thank you so much for the comment. I appreciate the fact that even when I may lack sufficient preparation at times, God does not leave me to fend for myself. To be completely honest, sometimes God just wants a willing vessel to use in those times where I lack preparation.

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    2. That is good insight Betty. Sometimes I wish for less interruptions but then I often bring it upon myself. I know there are also times when preparation is at a minimum but God is at a maximum.

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