Skip to main content

Preparation A


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.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Relevant Church doing something...

incredibly RELEVANT!

I just heard some news today that really inspired me. A church here in Tampa, Relevant Church is doing a new thing this month called the "30 Days Sex Challenge." (I've never visited the church but Pastor Trinity - our children's pastor - has visited or has met some people from this church and he was very impressed.) Realizing that this is a major element missing from some marriages (the frequency factor) their lead pastor, Paul Wirth, has issued a challenge for all the married couples to have sex for 30 days in a row. At the same time he has issued a challenge for all unmarrieds to completely abstain from sex. Of course we know the Bible says that those who are unmarried should not have sex in the first place but the point is, a lot of unmarried's aren't obeying the Lord's command to abstain and this is just one pastor's way of trying to get them to see that indeed, there is a better way! (God's way!) At the same time, many married couples are no

What Verbal Abuse is Really Like, and Why We Must Care
Guest Post: Terri von Wood

In my speaking travels, I meet the most amazing people. Some are connections that go beyond just a night or a weekend of preac hing. One day on my journey, I met Terri von Wood, and we immediately clicked and have been friends ever since.  Just a reminder that all of our guest bloggers this week are available to chat with you in the comment section here on the blog or on my facebook page where the blog is also published.   *** People who have never suffered through or witnessed abuse (including pastors) often don't know how to help women in abusive situations. Knowledge is power and it is my belief that if the church understood the prevalence of abuse, help would be made available.  First, we must acknowledge that the divorce rate is the same  in the church as in the world.  Second, we must understand that the 50% divorce rate does not include all the women who are abused but stay because they do not know what else to do or do not have anyone to turn to.  If those women we

Book giveaway starts TODAY!

Today begins a book giveaway here on the blog!  The more times you comment, the greater chance you have to win! A friend at Charisma House asked if I'd like to review some books and give some away.  What a delightful idea!  We will be giving away several books over the next few weeks.  I do need to let you know that these books have been provided to me free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. So here's how it's gonna work...for every time a reader leaves a comment on any of this week's blog posts today through Thursday, November 3 at midnight, or on the facebook comment thread when the same post publishes there, I will enter your name in the drawing one time.  You can comment more than once a day!  You get your name entered every single time you post.  So, comment away!  Let your voice be heard!    We will draw the winner's name at midnight on Thursday and announce it Friday morning.  The book will be mailed to you..  The first book we are g