Being Prepared and Getting Preparations in Order

Being prepared like a Girl Scout.

I like being prepared. That is one thing I learned from my mother. Following in my Spanish grandfather’s footsteps, my mother has that upbringing. When we need to go somewhere the next day, the things needed for that day should be prepared the day before. Mother doesn’t like cramming and she has also instilled in us (my brother and I) the discipline of planning ahead and preparing, as opposed to procrastination.

Additionally, my mother is very time conscious and hates to be late. Her belief is that if you procrastinate and work on something hurriedly, then you are most likely to be late and worse, forget something important. That is my mother’s wisdom. And I believe she is right.

So let us be prepared always, not just in our physical body but also in our spirits. Are we ready when our Lord comes to pick us up?

The Parable of the 10 Virgins

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him. Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves. And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.”

– Matthew 25:1-10 (NASB)

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