I was reminded of the motto ‘Be Prepared’ as I went through the process of explaining long division today. We learn addition, then we add subtraction, which moves us into multiplication, so that we are prepared for division. We learn our letters to prepare us to read and to write and make our way in the world. Let’s just say that preparation is a motto that we all should have learned as a child. Preparing ahead of time allows us to be proactive instead of reactive. Reaching around blindly for answers isn’t a great way to function, just ask any kid who is attempting long division for the first time. Preparing ahead of time takes the guess work out of the equation.
1 Peter 3:15 MSG “Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.” We also need to be prepared to take our faith along with us on our daily journey. We should be prepared to describe our faith and our relationship with Jesus. When someone asks us why we are also so joyful, hopeful and optimistic, we should be able to easily express our faith in Jesus as the reason and the answer. Jesus is Way, the Truth and He is Life (John 14:6). God loves us so much that He sent us Jesus; He is our answer because He is our hope and our joy. Be prepared to express yourself with love and share the Hope that is found in Jesus.