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The Well Prepared Man

Preparation Servanthood Wisdom

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-06

Scripture: John 6:6 ; Acts 20:35

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

I've just finished two long days of putting up storm shutters, stocking up on supplies, and dragging lawn furniture into my house, all in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. But while I was scrambling, there was one man on our block who had time to chat with the neighbors, and even offer help to several families that found themselves rushing to finish before the Category 4 Storm arrived.

The reason this man wasn't harried like the rest of us was because he was well prepared. His supplies were purchased early, he installed accordion shutters years ago to avoid the time consuming process of putting up the old-fashioned drill-in kind, he filled his cars and generator with gasoline long before the lines formed, and was now enjoying the fruits of his labors (and so were his neighbors!).

APPLICATION

The well prepared person isn't the one who prepares just enough to finish at the last minute, but the person who prepares well enough in advance to be able to help others. 

"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest" (Proverbs 6:6-8). 

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (Acts 20:35).

God Is Always Speaking, Preparing

Word of God Preparation Confidence

Source: LET’S ROLL: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage by Lisa Beamer

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-25

Scripture: Romans 11:33 ; Esther 4:14

Author: Lisa Beamer / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was a passenger aboard the ill-fated United Airlines Flight 93 that 9-1-1 hijackers commandeered and ultimately planted, nose first, into the Pennsylvania countryside. It was Todd’s words that morning that became a battle cry for all those, in the coming weeks, months, and even years, who would stand up to oppose terror and fight for freedom. “Let’s roll!” were his words, as he and others led a charge against the cockpit.

Todd left a wife, Lisa, and two young sons. Lisa would go on to right a book, fittingly titled LET’S ROLL, in which she discusses the many ways in which the Lord sustained her in the days after Todd’s death. She recounts how uncomfortable she was being instantly thrust into the limelight. She questioned her ability to meet the challenges. 

On one occasion, shortly after the crash, she was asked to speak to a group of some 25,000 women gathered at a spiritual conference at the Core States Arena in Philadelphia. “I had wanted to remain as inconspicuous as possible, but Mordecai’s rejoinder to Esther—“Who knows? Maybe God has you here for such a time as this”—echoed through my mind.” 

She thought back to the ways God always seemed to prepare her to face whatever His plans might be. She recalled how, after Todd’s death, they needed to clean out his car. Among the gum wrappers and gas receipts, they also found a stack of Bible memory cards in the armrest tray that he worked on while driving. 

The top card on the stack, the one that he might have read on September 11, was Romans 11:33-36:

O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,’and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?” 
“Who has ever given to God, 
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

It was the exact passage of Scripture that had helped me through my questions following my dad’s death; the same passage I’d been reminded of at Wheaton College [where Todd and Lisa met]; and the very passage that had been my memory verses for the Bible study I was preparing … the week before Todd died.

Now, facing the request to speak to such a large crowd of women, she felt confident that God had indeed prepared her for such a time as this.

APPLICATION

Lisa concludes, "Seeing that card reminded me that God is always speaking to us and giving us just the words we need for the events he knows lie ahead."

Rapper Layzie Bone Saves Life on the Road

Help Preparation Vigilance

Source: “Famous Hip-Hop Artist Helps Assist Man In Diabetic Shock In Wyoming” by Wendi Lane, posted KCWY13.com, May 19, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Steven "Layzie Bone" Howse—a famous Hip-Hop artist with the Grammy award winning, multi-platinum band Bone Thugs-n-Harmony—was driving through Wyoming on the way to a concert to promote his new album PERFECT TIMING, when out of nowhere a car came careening toward him.

“He went from one side of the road to the other side of the road, left, right, left, right and a quarter mile up, oncoming traffic was coming, so you know we were screaming we were scared for him.” The car narrowly missed several vehicles before spinning out and coming to a stop right in front of Layzie’s car.

He and other witnesses, sure that they would find evidence of alcohol or drugs, rushed to the vehicle to see if they could help. What they found was a man incoherently babbling with no smell of alcohol on his breath nor evidence of any in the car. It didn’t take long for them to come to the conclusion that this was possibly some kind of blood sugar issue.

Layzie quickly ran to his car and fetched fruit and chocolate which he was carrying as road snacks. He began frantically feeding the man, helping to stabilize his blood sugar until paramedics could arrive.

So what did the PERFECT TIMING rapper have to say about his efforts? “I guess I was in the right place at the right time to be of some assistance.”

APPLICATION

Quick thinking, a little preparedness, and a willingness to respond were all it took for Layzie Bone to save a life. Are you ready and willing to do the same as God presents you with opportunities to make a difference in the life of another—maybe even a complete stranger?

Spiritually and physically needy people are all around us. We are in the “right place at the right time” more than we care to acknowledge. All that’s lacking is a little quick thinking, a little preparedness, and a willingness to respond.

"Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others" (1 Timothy 6:17-18).

Get Ahead of the Pain

Suffering Preparation Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-02-03

Scripture: 2 Chronicles 34:27 ; 2 Timothy 3:16

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Plan on Giving Thanks

Thankfulness Worship Preparation

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2015-01-01

Scripture: Nehemiah 12:

Author: Pastor Darrell Brandon, Clay City Christian Church
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Moses At An Early Age

Preparation Ministry Calling

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-07

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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49 Hours of Prep for the Annual Christmas Party

Christmas Preparation Devotion

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-11

Scripture: Romans 12:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Prepared Dad Wards Off Bear Attack

Preparation Spiritual Warfare Satan

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-05-06

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Lesson from a Crash Landing

Preparation Heroism Obedience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Character for All Seasons

Character Preparation Judgment of Believers

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-02

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:10

Author: Joseph Parker
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