How and why should we prepare?

How do you prepare for the Fall and Winter months?  I prepare my autos and camper by winterizing them.  I prepare for winter by cutting firewood—or I did that when we had a wood stove (I miss that).  I prepare for winter by firing up my generator and cleaning it out.  I prepare for the holidays by planning family gatherings, well, my wife really does the preparing.  In the broader sense, I prepare for retirement…only faith in God will get us through…by having a plan on paper and then actually implementing that plan.  We have started way too late…another story…oh well.  I prepare for death by having life insurance and written final plans for my family to follow.  That’s the how I prepare.  But why do we prepare…or should prepare?  That’s the question.

“Be prepared”

“Be prepared” is the motto of many organizations.  Preparing for a job interview, for school day, for a ball game require two things…thought and action.  Do you think in an organized manner or are you like me who thoughts are all over the place unless I have a plan written down in front of me.
Focusing is so important on any task but in preparing for something important focusing will strengthen your preparation.  That’s why today there are fewer commercial airline accidents because they now prepare their flight by going over a preflight checklist!  Surgeons also use a checklist.  I was prepped very thoroughly before my open heart surgeries years ago and I am so thankful for that!  Then surgery team followed a checklist to be sure they did everything and did not leave anything inside me!

So we prepare to help avoid costly mistakes or loss!

WalMart, Lowe’s, & Kroger

I even prepare for when I go into WalMart, Lowe’s, or Kroger.  I have a list of what I need if I were to go to one of these stores.  When I do go into these store to get something my phone will buzz with a reminder to pick up that something else I have on the list.  Many times I look at the list then get to shopping and my mind will go elsewhere and I am then walking out of the store without that certain item or items my reminder brought to my attention.  I must have a list…I must be looking at the list or I will forget!

Prepare for the “what ifs”

I wrote about planning for tomorrow as far as tasks and appointments goes last year in one of my posts, but are you planning for the “what if…”?  What if we have an ice storm and the electricity goes out?  What if I have an auto accident and I become disabled for the rest of my life?  What if your home is destroyed by fire?  What if your corn crop is destroyed by wind or fire or hail?  What if, What if?  Many people choose to not prepare for the “what ifs”.  They say they want to save their money and take the chance instead of taking the time and money to prepare for a “what if”.

Don’t gamble on life, on your family, on your assets, or yourself.  The stakes are too high.  So make a list…check it twice!  Then act on the steps in that list.

Prepare today for the “what ifs” of tomorrow.