Much of life we cannot predict or control. And we won’t always know what will be required on the road ahead. But this doesn’t mean we simply let life happen to us. We review our orders, survey the landscape, and prepare as best we can.
For example, soldiers heading into war don’t have a play-by-play description of how the battle is going to unfold. Much is still unknown until they get there. But missions are much more successful when they prepare anyway.
And the same is true for us.
All too often we’re taken out and unable to complete the calling God has given us because we’ve not adequately prepared.
We prepare in part by being clear on the work God has given us. Not every battle is ours to fight. And we miss our calling when we’re too busy doing other good stuff.
This can lead to a restlessness in our souls, and eventually to many vices, as we also miss the life that comes through making our unique contribution to the world.
We prepare also by surveying the landscape around us. While our mission doesn’t change, it’s helpful to know our opposition and the obstacles we might face along the way.
For instance, how we bring life and goodness into our homes will be different than how we navigate this mission in the public square.
And because the thief of goodness is very deceptive, we must also be prepared to expose his many lies and hold tightly to what is true.
In the end, we’re caught off guard and easily taken out when we remain unprepared. On the other hand, preparing gives us a fighting chance to accomplish all God has given us to do.
Your strength is needed. Be diligent to prepare and fully carry out the mission God has given you.