It does not matter what you will ever do in life, the better you prepare the more effective you will be at the task. This reality could not be truer of the Christian life. In every facet of our walk with Jesus, we ought to seek out and engage in a continual process of preparation. To be more to the point, we should always be growing in our understanding of the things of God. We should seek to be challenged and stretched in every area of our lives.
Now, I am not saying that this will be easy. I’m not even saying that we will like it! We might. But that is not a guarantee. Nor is it something that we should be overly concerned about. The process of preparation forces us to anticipate what may be coming down the road or just waiting for us as we continue forward by faith.
Anticipation of what is to come is not an easy skill to hone. The truth is that for many of us, it will come through failure rather than “getting it right” from the start. But, that is the normal course of life. We try doing something new and we fall on our faces. This does not diminish us, it only serves as an opportunity for development, if we accept it as one.
As we end these first few days of Lent, I hope that you will journey with me as we see to better understand the impact and import of Jesus life, death, and resurrection. These Reflections Toward Easter will help us to briefly ponder the majesty of God’s Gospel as it is embodied in Jesus. We should not be afraid of preparation. We should grow to love the process and joyfully endure it. That sounds bad, but it really is not. Engaging in the process may produce fruit in your life you never believed possible.