Faith · Family · Leadership

Are You Prepared?

How often do you stop to think about this question?  There’s actually a lot to this little question.  Such as:  prepared for what?, prepared for work today?, prepared for my financial future?, prepared for the political turmoil over the next 18 months?

So as you can see there is a lot packed into this little question, or maybe these three little words don’t properly ask a deep enough question, all by themselves.  Maybe a better question is:  What are you preparing for?

When addressing this new question, I think it’s best to break it down into three time periods:  today and tomorrow, 1-10 years from today, and for eternity.

Today and Tomorrow

So what are  you preparing for every morning when you start your day?  Are you preparing yourself to be a better spouse and parent?  Are you preparing to take care of what you need to at work or with your business?  How important is it really, what you are preparing for today?

These can be tough questions to reflect on honestly, but I would encourage you to take the time to do it.  After all, if you’re doing what you’re doing today just because it’s what you did yesterday, is it really going to take you where you want to be tomorrow?  Think about it. 🙂

1-10 Years From Today

What is your long-term vision?  What are you really trying to accomplish?  What might you be sacrificing today that you will regret 10 years from now?  Is chasing a business goal today really worth it, if you neglect your family to the point where you won’t even have a family in 10 years?

To make sure that you are not sacrificing today what’s most important to you, I would highly recommend writing out your personal mission statement.  You will also want to have your Core Values written out with your mission statement.  These two things will act as a compass for you so that you don’t lose sight of what is truly most important to you in life.

Eternity

This is what I probably should have started with since it is the most important.  Understanding your eternity will help you figure out the other two areas.  You need to start preparing today for your eternity.  Tomorrow is not promised.  You need to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, I would recommend starting today!  Eternity is a long time to burn in hell for your sins, and you will even if you don’t believe in heaven and hell.

Here’s the skinny:

We are all sinners.  We are sinful from birth.  Graciously God sent His Son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin so that He would be true man.  As true man He bore all of the punishment for our sins:  He was tortured and crucified.  Joyfully He is also True God!  On the third day He rose from the dead, conquering sin and death so that we may have eternal life with Him in Heaven.  The price for our sins was payed with His blood, and through His resurrection we have been given the gift of eternal life.

But sadly not all will be saved.  Some will choose hell over Heaven, satan over Jesus.  The apostle John sums it all up for us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  There is only one way into Heaven, and that is through the blood of Jesus Christ.  We can do nothing to earn it.

I hope this helps to put things into perspective.  I don’t know where your faith is today, but I pray that you choose, today, to start giving it some serious thought.  Eternity is a long time to be wrong, and you only get one shot to get it right.

God bless

Jason Fredrick

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