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Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (Ephesians 6:13-18 MSG)

Isn't "be prepared" the motto of scouts everywhere? The concept of "be prepared" as described by the scouting founder, Robert Baden-Powell, indicates a "readiness" of both mind and body to do anything you are called upon to do. I'd like to add that Paul's advice to us in this passage goes beyond mind and body to spirit, as well. God may call upon us to have a "readiness" to respond as we are called to respond - what we do today to "prepare" may make all the difference in how we will respond tomorrow!

Prepared to stand strong when the going gets rougher than you may have imagined possible.

Prepared to speak truth when everyone else seems to have forgotten the importance of it.

Prepared to stand for what is right in the midst of the masses standing for very little at all.

Prepared to be the embodiment of peace when everything around you seems to cry out in chaos and criticism.

Prepared to hold onto truth and allow it to be the foundation when you world is rocking under your feet.

Prepared to show forth light when darkness invades more than the night hours.

Prepared to take the Word of God and use it not only in your life, but to be able to speak it forth appropriately, as the time is right.

Prepared to engage in a warfare far harder than any military conflict being fought - the one that engages spiritual forces of darkness we cannot see, but only sense the presence of around us.

Prepared to lift high the needs of our brothers and sisters, not allowing even one of them to stumble and fall.

Prepared - not by accident - but on purpose. Preparation is something that comes with repeated revisits of the topic we seek to prepare for time and time again. It isn't a casual thing - but something that requires committed focus. There is no hole too deep we cannot extend a hand to draw a brother from within its confines. There is no shell too strong we cannot uncover the hidden beauty of the sister hidden deep within. There is no fear too great we cannot speak hope into the vastness of its cavernous expanse. Be prepared - God has a purpose for your day - don't waste that moment! Just sayin!

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