Always Be Prepared

Since it’s inception in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America organization has embraced the motto “Always Be Prepared”. Training activities were designed to teach the boys to be in a state of readiness in mind and body to do their duty. Their preparedness paid off. In WW1, Scouts were used as message runners and coast watchers to spot enemies approaching. First responders, firemen, police, and EMTs, would not be able to react quickly in an emergency if they were not trained and equipped ahead of time. Our brave men and women who serve in the military are a testament to being prepared. The rigorous physical training, as well as weapon experience, enable troops to deploy in a timely manner when conflict arises. Being prepared is for the everyday citizen also. Do you have any of these emergency ready items: First aid kit, jumper cables, tire inflator, flashlight, matches, candles, fire extinguisher, Swiss army knife? We regularly prepare for an accident or a power outage. We lay out an escape route in case of fire or bad weather. Do we give as much thought to be prepared to share the story of  Jesus our salvation provider? Do we give any thought to praying in person for a neighbor struggling with a cancer diagnosis? Would you be prepared to say an encouraging word to the distraught person in line at the grocery store? The Apostle Peter tells us “Prepare your minds for action “ in First Peter 1:13. What should our preparation exercises look like?  What daily activities can move our minds to a state of readiness? Choose Biblically based praise and worship music to feed your soul( mind, will, emotions). Choose Bible passages from Psalm and the Gospel of John to educate and encourage yourself. Choose to communicate with God since He has all knowledge and wisdom. First Peter 3:15 says But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.