Have you been paying attention to the news lately? There isn’t a single story that brings any feeling of peace. After hearing about the latest thing with Russia I couldn’t sleep. I think it’s time we all take a serious look at how prepared we are to deal with an economic or natural disaster. My brothers were in Scouting, and one of their mottos is to “Be prepared”. But what does that mean in the real life? Once you are an adult with a family to worry about, how does that translate?
I love the movie “One Fine Day” with Michelle Pfeifer and George Clooney. In one scene she keeps pulling things out of her “mommy bag” to save the day. At the end of the scene George Clooney’s face is priceless as he says that he needs a bag like that. To me that bag is being prepared. Growing up, my Mom’s idea of being prepared was having a spare room in our basement that we dubbed “the Grocery store of Mom” because she stocked up on everything. I suggest finding something that helps you feel prepared no matter what it is.
I’m not a fan of your traditional “food storage” that so many people these days are all excited about. I think that if you aren’t going to use it, don’t buy it. But if there is a sale on toothpaste, get a few extra. They last forever, and can be used later. Those “little extra” supplies are my way of being prepared. When I first got married my husband gave me a hard time for this habit. But then a year into our marriage I lost my job. He was a student at the time, and with no income every extra bit of food and supplies kept us afloat till I found a new job. He doesn’t complain anymore.
Yesterday I was driving down the freeway and saw a billboard sponsored by beprepared.gov. The caption read “‘Wait and see’ is not an emergency plan.” I love it! And they have a great point. Sadly, we need to be prepared for anything in this world of ours. Natural and economic disasters happen when you are least expecting it. And let’s face it, they are increasing in frequency.
So are you prepared? If not, it’s not too late to start. For my small family getting a Costco membership was an excellent investment. Practically every container purchased becomes a surplus supply. Next you need a place to store it. Many people have nooks and crannies they discount that can make all the difference. My favorite is the space under the bed. Canned goods easily fit between the frame and the floor. Cans also fit under couches, and it helps keep toys from disappearing under there. Most closets have a few corners where you can fit supplies. So despite what all those preparation web sites are telling you, you don’t need anything special to get started. The most important thing is that you do something, anything, to get started.
The doctrine of preparation is not new. In Doctrine & Covenants 38:30 it reads “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” I’m not trying to scare anyone. I’m not predicting the future. I’m just saying let’s be prepared so that the future doesn’t have to be scary. And no matter what happens we won’t be left scrambling and we will be far freer to keep serving the Lord and His children. In the same train of thought, prepare yourself with your testimony. Strong faith is always required during hardships. Taking time every day to prepare yourself to be more worthy of the blessings and presence of the Lord will bless your life in more ways than you can count. And that extra preparation will make the journey much more fun.
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