Ready or not

Last night I dreamed I was at an event where I was scheduled to speak but, had forgotten to prepare my talk. People were arriving and I only had a few minutes to get my thoughts together. Instead of panicking, I prayed and began thinking about a topic I had plenty of experience in.

Great athletes practice the basics all of the time. Actors, musicians and comedians rehearse their parts. Sales people learn scripts, study objections and role play. Corporate executives write business plans and build strategies for growth. It’s usually pretty clear who is prepared and who isn’t.

Retired NBA star Alan Houston came to speak to the local youth and talked about how important it is to prepare your response to temptation. If our response is rehearsed, we are ready to stand firm against that which is designed to take us out. We learned this in an anger management group I worked with. This is a common theme in recovery programs. Know what you’re going to do when that moment comes.

Our God loves to train His children. He is generous towards anyone seeking wisdom in faith. The Holy Spirit is known as Counselor and Helper. Jesus is interceding for us at the right hand of the father. We have all the help we need and more. Don’t shrink back.

Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

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