Life is often unpredictable. We know daily we will be called to faithful action, but we don’t know exactly what this will look like or when the precise call will come. We must be ready to love all the same.
For instance, soldiers train to get combat ready. And while they can never know exactly what combat will look like, they prepare as best as they can to be ready for the call of war.
Much of our education and professional training works in a similar way. Generally, more is required of us than merely cookie-cutter approaches. Our training prepares us to be ready to address any number of scenarios that come our way.
And this is similar to how we should approach our practice of faith, hope, and love as well.
We must be ready to take that next step of faith whenever the situation calls for it. This might be reaching out to someone in need or simply praying on their behalf as the Spirit prompts us.
And we must keep our souls anchored in hope so that we can be ever ready to serve as salt and light in a world filled with darkness and despair.
Likewise, we must be ready to love and to bring good to others in a world quick to divide, make enemies, and vilify each other.
How this looks on a given day remains unknown. But this is not an excuse to not be ready.
Like parents preparing for the birth of their child – we get ready and stay ready because we know the moment is coming in which our strength will be called into action. And like those who live with the knowledge of death – we get ready and stay ready because our time in this world is short and we want to make the most of each day.
In the end, be ready to answer the call to faith, hope, and love throughout your life and relationships. How this looks on a given day is unknown. But get ready and stay ready all the same.