What does it mean to be prepared?
The implication of preparation is that we have examined our weaknesses and areas for improvement within the context of external forces. If we are not capable of being humble or sober, we are also not capable of proper preparation.
Preparation also requires both courage and faith. Without courage, we remain stuck; without faith, we remain anxious. Thus, to be fully prepared means to reasonably anticipate what could happen and to faithfully believe that there are opportunities that we can seize.
But to me, the prize of preparation is not necessarily “winning”, because to win requires so many things to go in our favor, even those that we cannot control. The prize is peace – knowing that at a particular moment, we were most present and giving all that we could. No regrets, no what ifs. Outperforming the competition is just the icing, but truly winning means outperforming our previous selves.
Matthew 24:37-44. The unknown day and hour
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 331: NOVEMBER 27, 2022]