Preparation

1 Samuel 25:18
“Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.”

Abigail’s preparation saved her life. David and his men were kind to Nabal by protecting his men as they worked. When David asked Nabal for food to feed his men, Nabal answered roughly which resulted in David determining to kill him for his unkind deeds. When Abigail heard that David and his men were about ready to kill her whole household because of her husband’s actions, she wisely took from her storage and sent bread and wine as a gift to appease David’s anger. Her ability to stop David’s action was because of her preparation.

Preparation is one of the important keys to success. A person who succeeds in life is a person who has learned to prepare. There are two dangers in not preparing. The first danger is that a lack of preparation causes you to miss opportunities of a lifetime. Imagine if Abigail had not prepared, she would never have had the opportunity to marry David. Your lack of preparation will cause you to miss opportunities that come your way. People are not lucky; they are prepared. Life-changing opportunities happen because a prepared person was ready when the life-changing opportunity arose.

The second danger is that a lack of preparation causes greater stress in one’s life. Those who are never prepared are those who are always doing things at the last minute. You can reduce the stress level in your life if you learn to prepare. There are four things you must do if you are going to be a person of preparation.

First, preparation takes character. You don’t prepare on accident; you prepare on purpose. A characterless person is always doing things at the last minute. You will never be prepared for life unless you have the character to prepare.

Second, preparation takes foresight. You must have the ability to look ahead to see what could happen so that you can prepare for it. Part of preparation is living by schedule. A schedule tells you what is coming so that you can be prepared for it when it happens. Likewise, you must have the foresight to see what life always brings so that you can plan for it. If you don’t look ahead to see what happens with what you do, you will never be prepared.

Third, preparation takes planning. Once you see what happens, you must take the time to plan for it. Knowing that something is going to happen and preparing for it are two different things. If you know something is going to happen, you would be wise to plan for its arrival so that it doesn’t cause undue stress at its arrival.

Fourth, preparation takes implementation. You can have all the plans in the world, but if you don’t implement them before the event happens, you will always live a last-minute life. Be careful about just being a person who plans but doesn’t implement. Planning to do something is smart and takes character; implementing the plan is wise.

You will accomplish much more in your life when you learn to prepare. Successful people are not lucky; they are prepared. The best way to kill the procrastination bug is to prepare.

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