Ready

The night before a race, I prepare for the next morning in excruciating detail … gear laid out, weather checked many times, alternative outfit for weather changes, food and drink planned, and alarms set on my watch, phone and with the hotel desk. You never know when one will fail. I even have directions to the start in case the cab driver is new to the city and without a GPS, which happened to me once and unfortunately reinforced my Type A behavior. If you know me or have read any of my prior posts, you might conclude I tend toward a Type A personality. I’m the worst kind – I have Type A traits, but I rarely want to appear ultra-organized, over-prepared or controlling. I’d prefer to look like a balanced Type B or a laid back Type C. It’s exhausting and totally transparent, but getting back to the point, being prepared makes me peaceful. Once I have my ducks in a row on race night, my head hits the pillow and I’m out until I hear the symphony of alarms.

For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night … So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 6

If preparation and readiness are so important to me, why am I not ready for what Paul’s warning us about in Thessalonians? Isn’t preparation for my eternal destination the perfect reason to pull out all my Type A traits? God’s given us a book instructing us how to get ready. It even includes examples of how to get it right and how to screw it up, and we have infinite resources outside the Bible to aid our understanding. I’ve read parts of it many times and studied small portions in depth, but I have a lot more to get through. The more I dig in, the more I realize I must dig deeper. For too long, I’ve taken for granted there will be endless tomorrows to get my spiritual ducks in a row. It’s time. I’m tired of excuses. After my earthly journey, I hope to be with God in a place I don’t know much about but I believe will be perfectly peaceful and happy. Eternal life in heaven is the most important thing for which I should be preparing. Yet, when I look at my last two weeks, the hours I’ve spent planning our spring break and summer ventures come alarmingly close to the hours spent enriching my journey with God. Our judgment before the Lord is most certainly coming – in 50 years, next week or later today. Considering I hope to spend eternity with Him, I want to be as ready as I can possibly be when I meet Him face to face. That is a moment worthy of three alarms.

Dear God, please help me want to read the Bible and prepare myself for eternity with You.

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