Preparation saves a lot of time
It also saves you from a lot of self loathing
One of my friends let it be known that she was going to cut out all sugar, artificial sweetners
red meat, caffeine and processed food this week and asked if anyone would like to join her
Of course, I said Yes!
No preparation, no consideration of what I had on hand
Now, I do eat quite a few veggies…love them!
We always have some kind of fruit on hand, frozen and fresh
Water isn’t an issue because we have a cooler for that
But I didn’t think this thing through
I didn’t have enough “safe” items on hand to get me through the day, let alone a week
But I charged on
Did great for breakfast
not so good for lunch
and dinner consisted of veggies and some left over roast
I did manage to not drink caffeine all day and no artificial sweetners
But my preparation soon lagged behind my desire
I think that’s the way it is a lot of times in our lives
We don’t want to do the prep work
We just want to jump in over our heads
Popeye would pop a can of spinach after he found himself in a jam
Perhaps he should have anticipated his need for strength and thought ahead
Then when peril struck, he would be ready and not struggling to get that spinach ingested in the nick of time!
I have a tendency to think that preparation is boring
And maybe it is sometimes but it is necessary almost every time
A body builder doesn’t wake up one day with muscles that can stop a car
There is preparation involved
A 5K marathon is not a spur of the moment decision
There is a lot of pre-running involved
Conditioning of muscles and building up stamina
I shudder to think what would happen to me if I decided this week to run a marathon on Saturday
It would likely kill me!
But train me and let me work toward my goal and I know I could do it!
I’ve jumped in to things so fast without any prep work before
It’s not fun
And I fail
Then comes the self loathing and contempt
Not even giving myself credit for the few things I did do right
Faith and Peace also need preparation
A building up, so to speak
Walking in faith in the small things will enable us to walk in faith in the big ones
Same way with peace
We have to practice and prepare
With appropriate foresight and planning
Goals, desires, dreams and purposes can be met
And navigation won’t have to be taught in the storm!