"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear."
The discussion was about spiritual preparation (having a relationship with God to be ready for the tough times;) physical preparation (exercise, eating habits;) as well as temporal preparation (good job training, having a savings account and food storage, just in case.)
The teacher asked, "When has being prepared been a blessing to you?" One man said, "I was laid off, and I was glad I'd followed advice to have a year's worth of food, and no debt." Another man spoke up and said, "I followed that advice in reverse. I have a year's worth of debt and no food."
The discussion turned to being prepared for natural disasters (flood, fire, earthquakes, etc.) and the wisdom of having a 72-hour kit ready to grab at a moment's notice. There were suggestions of what to put in: freeze-dried food, first aid supplies, $50 in cash, soap and toothpaste, bottled water...
"I have all this stuff in a metal box, all ready to go, but I can't lift it," a woman said. The comments were coming fast: "Put it in a wheeled suitcase..." "Have copies of your important documents..." "Back up your photos..." "Pack a day's worth of necessary medication..."
A cute little 94-year-old lady piped up with, "This all sounds too hard. I think I'd rather just die in the disaster."
On the blackboard:
Wise Question: What's your excuse for not having a savings account?
Unwise Answer: "I'm spending money I don't have, on things I don't need, to impress people I don't like."
The teacher ended with, "Store what you'll actually eat. I've got a big supply of chocolate. If there's any left after a day or two, I'll use it to barter."
If you come to our Sunday School class, be prepared to smile!