Every night my son (even at 16) lays out his clothes, packs his gym bag and book bag so the next morning he is prepared to go to school. He prepares himself for his test by studying the night before. He plans his week out by thinking of everything he needs to prepare him to accomplish his adventures for the week.
Now I’m sure I had something to do with his organizational skills and his preparedness – sometimes I can be super freaky about these things. Or maybe not.
Do you prepare yourself for each adventure by spending time with God first?
While doing an Online Bible Study with Proverbs 31 titled “Becoming More Than a Good Bile Study Girl”, by Lysa TerKeurst, I was blown away by something she wrote in chapter 5.
“I don’t just want to read and pray to check it off my to-do list. I see this time, instead, as preparation for the great adventure God and I are about to head off on together in the hours ahead.”
Stop. Read that one more time, please.
- Do you love going on an adventure?
- Do you love going on vacation?
- Do you love going on a date?
- Do you love going to work?
- Do you love organizing your house?
Okay, maybe the last one is just this crazy girls love. When ever you begin any of these things, you must first do a little preparation.
If you go on an adventure such as hiking, you will make sure you are prepared with the right kind of shoes. If you are going on a vacation, you check the weather and pack the appropriate clothes so you will be prepared. If you are going on a date, you prepare yourself to look as beautiful as possible. If you are going to work, you prepare by wearing the appropriate clothes for your position. And if you love organizing like me, you prepare by making sure you have the items you need such as trash bags, binders, labels, etc.
Preparation is required before you begin your adventure.
Before we begin our day in this crazy, busy, and overbooked life, don’t we need to prepare our mind, thoughts and our hearts?
How do you do that you ask?
By spending time with God and preparing your mind, thoughts and heart with His Word, His Help, His Guidance, and His Holy Spirit!
The Bible has so many verses on preparation.
People preparing food for guests.
When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare a meal; they are to eat with me at noon.” Genesis 43:16 (NIV)
People prepare themselves.
Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Exodus 19:15 (NIV)
Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. Judges 6:2 (NIV)
Prepare the Way for the Lord.
This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” Matthew 3:3 (NIV)
Prepare Jesus for His Burial.
When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Matthew 26:12 (NIV)
Jesus Prepares for His Coming Again.
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:2-3 (NIV)
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him — these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. I Corinthians 2:9-10 (NIV)
God prepared us to do.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Getting Prepared for His Coming
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. II Timothy 4:1-3 (NIV)
I’m sure you are saying now.
“I don’t have time in the morning.”
“I don’t have time during the day.”
“I have too many other commitments.”
“I’ll do it when my life slows down.”
“I still have time.”
But you have time, to go get a shower. You have time to pick out your clothes. You have time to eat lunch. You have time to check Social Media.
Just like you are preparing yourself for work, to eat, or just to socialize, it’s just as important to prepare the mind, thoughts and heart. It actually should be more important.
We all have time. We all have the same amount of time. It’s just what we decide to use our time to prepare for.
Why not begin by starting your morning, the first 5 or 10 minutes and give to God?
Don’t press the Snooze Button.
Instead, read a verse!
Pray to God!
Invite God into your heart!
Your day will go so much better and you will react differently to the adventures because you have prepared yourself, mind, thoughts, and heart.
Don’t know what to read. Why not downloading this great app – First5 – from the App Store or Google Store. You can set it as your alarm clock. When it goes off, you will have verses to read and words to help you understand this. As you begin seeing how much your life is changing, you can add more time to your morning to prepare your mind, thought, and hearts for the adventure of the day!