The following devotional thought by David Jeremiah appeared on the TURNING POINT Online Devotional site today:
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. - Luke 12:40
Every time a particular young boy went to his playmate's house, he noticed his friend's grandmother studying her Bible. Finally one day he asked, "Why is your grandmother always reading that Bible?" His friend answered, "I don't know, but I think she is cramming for her finals."
In reality, that grandmother was doing exactly what we, as Christians, should all do: preparing for whatever task God had for her by studying His Word.
More often than not, it is the journey rather than the destination that matters most in life; for it is the lessons learned, the trials endured, and the truths discovered that mold our character and prepare us for that destination. If we desire more than a mediocre life, we must prepare in more than a mediocre way. "Winging it" doesn't bring about the best results, so we would do well to use the time God has given us along the way to prepare for what's ahead.
"If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first hour sharpening the axe." - Abraham Lincoln