PREPARED

Do you know people who always seem to be prepared?  They always have a Band-Aid, Kleenex, or two Tylenol, whenever needed.  They read the reviews for the restaurants in the town you will be visiting and know the places to enjoy a dinner and the ones to avoid.  They have the answers to the questions before you even thought of a question.  They are ready for anything that may come their way.

People who are prepared are proactive rather than reactive.  They anticipate what may happen and then plan and proceed as though it is going to happen.  They are rarely surprised or caught off-guard. 

I wish I would have been more prepared for the COVID-19 virus.  Even though I saw it making its way to the United States, even though I knew it was going to happen, it still caught me off-guard.  If I would have been prepared, here are some things I would have done a month ago:

  1. I would have made sure I had a mask to wear while out picking up groceries.
  2. I would have moved my 401k money into a safer investment.
  3. I would have bought toilet paper and lots of it.
  4. I would have made sure that my dad, who lives in an Assisted Living Facility, had a new phone as his old one is not working well right now.
  5. I would have figured out a good way to have our Rooted Groups complete all 10 weeks of Rooted, rather than just 7.

Did you know that there are many verses in the Bible where God tells us to be prepared?  Here are a couple of those verses:

  • Luke 12:40 – You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
  • 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) – … Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

God wants us to be ready, to not be surprised or caught off-guard when Jesus returns.  So here are some things that I’m going to do now to make sure that I’m prepared.

  1. I’m going to pray for my “One” daily and tell him about Jesus.
  2. I’m going to invite more people to church.
  3. In addition to praying for people’s physical illnesses, I’m going to commit to praying for people’s salvation.
  4. I’m going to be bolder in my faith and tell people about Jesus and His love.
  5. I’m going to say, “I Love You” more often.  I’m not going to be ashamed or afraid to tell friends and coworkers. 

COVID-19 has reminded me that I need to be prepared.  When Jesus returns, I don’t want to say, “I wish I would have…”  I want to be ready and do everything I can to help lead those I care about into a relationship with Jesus – I want nobody left behind.

Please join me in being prepared because, “I Love You!”

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Central Christian Church | Mount Vernon, Illinois