The Importance of Being Prepared

May 5, 2016

A high school student learned a valuable lesson as he took his college entrance exam recently. The night before the exam, he read the instructions he had received. He noted the time of the exam, sharpened his pencils and put his calculator in his backpack. He thought he was ready for the exam.

The next morning, as the test began, the instructor invited the students to use their calculators. The student pushed the power button, but the screen remained blank. He tried again; again nothing changed. He realized the batteries were dead and he would have to do the math section the old fashioned way. With paper and pencil!

He learned a valuable lesson that day that had nothing to do with math. He learned about the value of preparation. He assumed he was prepared, but when the critical moment came, he faced a problem he had not anticipated. He learned that sometimes being prepared means foreseeing the unseen.

We all have probably experienced similar circumstances. This same experience happened to me when I went camping only to discover my flashlight batteries were dead. It is not only tragedies that require our preparation, but sometimes when opportunities arise, we find our lack of preparation may have closed doors or limited our future.

How do we prepare? By focusing on things of greatest worth! By placing more value in people than things. By taking care of our emotional and physical well-being. By doing so will bolster our ability to work through challenges and seize opportunities.

Now is the time to think carefully about our future and to create our best life. Now is the time to prepare.

By: Dr. Kevin Kirk

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Being Prepared”

  1. I’m so happy I came upon this fantastic article. This is an excellent article with super examples of how unprepared we can be at times. It’s a great reminder on being prepared. I am sure that most of us have lived through wanting to use a flashlight and finding dead batteries at a critical time; even not having enough fuel to get us to where we wanted to go in a hurry. I love how it conveys the message in simple terms that we will all remember. I’m taking from this outstanding article that all areas of our lives should be in a state of readiness. It says,”How do we prepare? By focusing on things of greatest worth! By placing more value in people than things. By taking care of our emotional and physical well-being. By doing so will bolster our ability to work through challenges and seize opportunities.”

    A profound experience for me was last year when we were surrounded with fires caused by a dry summer and fall caused by almost no rain. At 2:00 in the morning I found myself at a gas station to fill up, just to be sure. I thought no one would be there. To my astonishment, I had to wait for my gas as people were everywhere! I also found my survival kit was not up-to-date. I corrected that immediately. So, as we relate so well to your article, we remember our situations and how we corrected them. This brings to mind that http://defendagainstdestruction.com/ has survival gear and supplies that may be able to help some people. Thanks again for a great article to help us along the way!