Be Prepared

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.  2 Timothy 4:2

I’m reading The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life where they describe the process as “an appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle.”  I would describe it as a lot of work!  The Daniel Plan is based on eating fresh; whole foods that are not processed and do not contain preservatives.   That means no drive through foods, no meals from a box, and no more fried or breaded anything! For me, it means changing my priorities and making time for the things that will make me stronger. It’s all about life choices.

This morning I was making my weekly trip to Whole Foods to get fresh fruit and vegetables and some of those strange new seeds and nuts the recipes require.  As I was putting the items in my car it struck me how this process is like being a disciple of Christ!

I have a goal of wanting a healthier lifestyle and to get there I know I am going to have to make some changes in what I most value and where I invest my time.  I have already discovered that buying healthy foods is not enough. If I don’t prepare them before I need them then when I’m hungry it is easy to default to my old habits of eating fast foods.

How often do we treat our Christian walk the same way? We know we want to live a life that will reflect Christ, but we don’t prepare our hearts and minds to be ready when God needs them!

We must spend time in God’s Word to understand and write His teachings in our hearts and minds.  Healthy growth, as a Christian, will only happen if we invest our time in those activities that will make us stronger.  Bible study, prayer, and the fellowship of believers are important choices we need to make each day.

Every Friday I make a trip to buy fresh foods and spend an hour cleaning, cutting, and preparing them for the week. I am preparing for whatever the week might bring so I can be successful in making life changes. What are you doing this week to prepare yourself to be successful in growing your faith? What are you doing to help those you serve to be stronger in their Christian walk?

Be prepared in season and out of season for whatever the Lord has called you to do.  It takes some work, but it’s worth it when you look back and see how your life has changed.

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