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Failure to Plan Can Be Tragic

Boy Scouts made famous the motto, “Be Prepared”.  Planting that concept in the minds of young men in their formative years helped many boys to become responsible men because they put into practice what they had repeated often as scouts.  It is not difficult to find what various folks have had to say about “being prepared”.

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.    H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Before anything else, preparation is the key to successAlexander Graham Bell.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.  Benjamin Franklin.

We know people that are seemingly always up to facing a challenge even when it appears suddenly.  The reason that is true is a person who prepares well for life is ready for the unexpected and is rarely caught off guard.  Don’t misunderstand me.  Certainly, there are accidents, diagnoses, or tragedies that are far beyond our control to adequately prepare ourselves to face.  But, even in those moments, the person that has a daily walk with God and spends time seeking wisdom from the LORD, those tragic situations can be faced with great faith.

Scripture reminds us to be prepared for life’s struggles by planning and preparation.  For example, even sharing our faith should be anticipated and not be the anomaly that too many Christians make it.   Peter would write in his epistle,  1 Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. 

Even some of the brightest folks can act without proper planning at critical moments. When that occurs, the results can be disastrous…not just for themselves, but for others. 

Intelligent people can sometimes be unbelievably foolish. Consider the 19th-century explorers of the Franklin Expedition who tried to reach the North Pole, Annie Dillard, in her book TEACHING A STONE TO TALK, describes the provisions they took for that hazardous journey:

“Each sailing vessel carried an auxiliary steam engine and a 12-day supply of coal for the entire projected 2- or 3-year voyage. Instead of additional coal…each ship made room for a 1,200-volume library, a hand-organ playing 50 tunes, china place settings for officers and men, cut-glass wine goblets, and sterling silver flatware. The expedition carried no special clothing for the Arctic, only the uniforms of Her Majesty’s Navy.”

Imagine heading into frigid wastelands with supplies like that! What utter folly! (Copied).

The greatest need for preparedness is for the date set by God for us to stand before Him.  Some live as if that is a fairy tale.  But, just as we have job reviews in work places, we will give an account of how we lived before our Creator.  As a boy, there were signs along the highways that read, “PREPARE TO MEET YOUR GOD”.  Good counsel.  Are those in your circle of family and friends prepared for that moment?