I spend most of my days preparing to do things.
I spend lots more time preparing to do what I do than actually doing it. I think this is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about any job or role that people aspire to -- the whole preparation thing. They have no idea that the majority of the work really is behind the scenes when it comes to pretty much anything.
According to Bernie, one of our fusion leaders at Celebration, I'm great at preparation. Hardly a week goes by that he doesn't give me kudos for it. "You are always so prepared," he says. And he tells this to the people all the time and gives me appreciation for it whenever he happens to be the one with the microphone, which is very nice. The truth is no matter how prepared I am, I always feel like I may be forgetting something, even though I always have a checklist.
Due diligence to preparation is definitely one of the ingredients for success. I was thinking about the word "preparation" and honestly one of the first things that came to my mind was "Preparation H" for whatever odd reason. Although I don't have a reason to use it at this time I am mindful of the fact that their commercials talk about "prompt relief." The truth about preparation in general is that if you give proper attention to it, you'll experience true relief when the day of reckoning comes. This is true whether you're studying for a test, getting ready to speak in public, or prepared for Jesus' return. Giving attention to your readiness will truly bring relief in these situations and more.
What our elders have taught us, "It's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared," is so true.
Proverbs 22:29 is one of my favorite verses in scripture:
"Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men."
I take the liberty of saying, "she". In other words: "Do you see a woman skillful in her work? She will stand before kings; she will not stand before obscure men."
Preparation cannot be underestimated.
Right now I'm preparing for many important things in my life and what I believe will be important moments in the lives of others. There's no greater honor, and I am humbled. I stand amazed at God's divine appointments as I stay faithful to do what He asks of me.