best to be prepared

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin

“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him.
If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him.
Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest.
If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord,
put division between them.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .”

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

When I was a young girl, I was a girl scout…well actually I started out as a Brownie then
I rose in the ranks to that of Girl Scout then eventually to that of Cadet…

Life as a Cadet, however, was short-lived as there seemed to be other things for me
to do by the time high school was on my horizon.

But the one thing, the one lesson, that I seemed to have gotten down pat from my time as
a “scout” was that I was to always be prepared.
Meaning…whatever life threw my way I needed to be ready…
even for those out of the blue curveballs…
plus I was to always have a Plan B.

Such thinking certainly served me well during my years spent in the classroom.
Teaching high schoolers meant that one had best be prepared–always…
as well as have a guaranteed Plan B… as both were required for survival…

Now that didn’t mean that I could nor can I see into, let alone read the future.
None of us can do that…except maybe for Sister Grace down on Hwy 16 whose sign out front
of her house claims that she can indeed read the future…

But Sister Grace aside, most of us are not gifted with a clear prophecy for what the
world’s future holds.

Yet for those of us who claim the Bible as the Word of God, well,
we already have a pretty solid glimpse as to what lies ahead…
and we know that things will get pretty ugly before they get really pretty.

And it certainly doesn’t require rocket science to see that things are indeed pretty ugly all
the world ’round.

Our friend The Wee Flea has just offered his view of this new year’s future…
again, not a pretty picture…

https://theweeflea.com/2019/01/02/ten-predictions-for-2019-confusion-china-and-christ/

I think we’d all agree…politics on both a local as well as a global scale is more or less dismal.

We’ve managed to sink to such banal lows having lost any and all sense of dignity, decorum, morality,
manners, and simple etiquette.

We’ve basically come unhinged…be it left or right.

The word “apocalyptic” is used fast and lose on both sides of the aisle when referring
to the thoughts of one another…as in if we are left to one or the other…
very bad and life-threatening things will happen.

And so after reading over David’s predictions and knowing that he has been pretty much on track
and most insightful with most if not all of his observations regarding the Chruch in the 21st century
as well as for politics and life on the Western front—
I’d say that he’s once again on the money with his visions of a 2019 year.

And so this is where it comes in handy to always be prepared.

One of David’s predictions has to do with the plight of the family.
As in the continued attacks on and the demise of the traditional family as defined
by God and later by His own son.

But David was not the first to ring this clarion bell.
Both Pope John Paul II as well as Mother Teresa each saw the demise of the traditional family
as the lynchpin to humanity’s demise.

Our politics are awash.
Our global relations are strained at best, nearly severed at worst.
Our economy is a see-saw.
Our Chruch has lost her focus
And now the family unit, a basis for all things bearing the survival of humankind is
so fractured and redefined that it is no longer recognizable as to what God has sanctioned.

So it’s time to suit up and saddle up.
It’s time to put on that armor…
It’s time to get ready because I think our time of preparation is almost past…

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand
your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the
flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:11-17

13 comments on “best to be prepared

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    As the years go by, I keep thinking that this world has totally imploded and then something happens to top it. Our country has gone over the edge in regard to family unity, patriotism, same sex marriage, the entire gamut is upside down. Our elected officials are all acting like a bunch of pre-schoolers and nothing is getting done because of it. I’m so sick of the whole thing. It makes heaven look that much more inviting to me.

    • tha’s why we need to be saddling up—Paul will be ready for the ride—we’ll put you in the stagecoach

    • Citizen Tom says:

      @stimetoshare.me

      A bunch of preschoolers? Imagine what God must think of us.

      Arrogant people behave like children because the don’t have the discipline to pay more respect to what is true than what they desire to be true. They just want what they want, and mommy is a bad mommy.

      Consider the movement to ban “hate speech”. What is “hate speech”? It is what childish people call telling them that what they want to do is wrong.

    • Citizen Tom says:

      @atimetoshare.me

      Heaven is where we are so awed by and busy sharing new discoveries about our Father we don’t have the time to think about doing something wrong.

  2. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Love this 🍪🐛

  3. Tricia says:

    Well said Julie, being prepared is always a good idea, especially during these tumultuous times. And to prove just how messed up things are, the Girl Scout saying about building “girls of confidence” cannot even be uttered by a public entity any more without causing controversy. We are (society), to put it mildly, in a bad way.

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    This reminds me of the military idea of having many plans, that if you have one you have one, but if you have three or two, one of them might do…

  5. Thank you, Julie, for sharing Ephesians 6. I praise the Lord that all is according to His master plan, preparing us as His warriors for the continual antithesis in this generation. If the world is still here, imagine what blog posts will be in the next one. Blessings as we remain suited.

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