Why be Prepared?

“Why be prepared?”

I get asked that one a lot by friends and strangers alike. There are many ways to answer that question.

Time permitting, I tell them that I see it as plain.old.common.sense.  What makes more sense than to increase your knowledge and to have materials that you have put into storage to help you through an accident, a lost job, or some type of disaster?

I then ask them a rather personal question.

“How much do you spend on health insurance or put into a retirement account?”   

If you’re spending all that on “just in case” and the future, why aren’t you taking care of business “just in case” for one of the above situations?

I also share how the Bible makes it very clear that you are to take what you have available now to help you through the lean times that will come later. Specifically I refer to the stories of Joseph and Moses and how they prepared for something that was to come.  They were to do it during the “good times” so the “lean times” would not destroy them.  Bottom line, I do not want these lean times to come.  However, Scripture says they will come, regardless, and so we should prepare for them now.

I believe whole heartedly that during these times it is even more important to

         “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27 NLT)

I strive to be prepared to do what I can to help the man on the side of the road now and in the future.

 

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