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What is Required to REALLY be Prepared?

By Denis Korn                                                                                                                         

I want to revisit a theme that I focused upon 3 posts ago,  Are you Spiritually and Emotionally Prepared?  Here is the last paragraph of that post:

“To believe that being prepared is just a matter of having all the right provisions safely stored away, a library of books, hundreds of tips from hundreds of blogs and a litany of preparedness minutia is, in my opinion, overlooking the most important factors in survival, resiliency and effective preparedness – the proper emotional and spiritual attitude.  We must not get caught up in the perverting media frenzy of perpetrating fear and anxiety to such an extent that clear thinking is obliterated.  Successful preparedness – and daily living for that matter – is a balance of physical, emotional and spiritual elements.”

Two factors have motivated me to write this current post.

First – I read a lot of other blogs, advertisements and articles, and I listen to many commentators on radio programs regarding preparedness.  There is an underlying element that permeates many of these communications that frankly disturbs and offends me.  It is the emphases on the end of the world as we know it – not in a positive and constructive focus, but as a reason to be frightened, panicky, worried and fearful.  A call to mindlessly react rather than reflect and critically evaluate ones appropriate course of action.  The fixation on a total societal collapse and dramatic need for survival in a condition of chaos and pandemonium creates a mindset of anxiety not empowerment.  The notion that fear sells, is the tool of unscrupulous opportunists, fools and shysters.

In my opinion there is nothing wrong with assisting people in being prepared and self-reliant – unforeseen emergencies occur.  The question is: should this be done by unethical and devious means?

Let me be clear, I am the first one to acknowledge that we live in very troubling, dangerous and transformative times.  In my 38 years being involved in the preparedness industry, the concerns for our society and the diversity of significantly impacting scenarios are unprecedented.  There is no lack of extreme circumstances that one can imagine might occur.  I am not a fortune teller or remote viewer, I don’t know how bad things must get before the pendulum swings back to more rational times – as I hope they will.  I do know and have written about the essential need for a proper and empowering attitude during stressful and challenging situations.

For me the foundation of a proper, effective and essential attitude is a reliance and trust upon God – it is the spiritual component of preparedness.

Second – While reflecting on the issues above, I came across an inspiring passage from a wonderful devotional that I read and that I want to share.  These words for me capture the essence of what is REALLY vital for being prepared.  All the negative preparedness hype, anxiety and fear need not discourage us from what truly gives us hope and encouragement even during the most challenging of circumstances.

This passage is intentionally written in the first person as if the words were spoken by Jesus himself.

~ Let me prepare you for the day that stretches out before you.  I know exactly what this day will contain, whereas you have only vague ideas about it.  You would would like to see a map, showing all the twists and turns of your journey.  You’d feel more prepared if you could somehow visualize what is on the road ahead.  However, there is a better way to be prepared for whatever you will encounter today; spend quality time with me.

I will not show you what is on the road ahead, but I will thoroughly equip you for the journey.  My living Presence is your Companion each step of the way.  Stay in continual communication with Me, whispering My Name whenever you need to redirect your thoughts.  Thus, you can walk through this day with your focus on Me.  My abiding Presence is the best road map available. ~

From Devotions for Every Day of the Year – Jesus Calling January 12 by Sarah Young

The tag line for this blog is “Celebrate Peace of Mind.”  It is my conviction that peace of mind during the most trying of times comes from a sincere and real spiritual foundation radiating from ones heart.  Faith in the power that comes from a reliance on God during a crisis is for me the fundamental preparedness attribute.

1 comment to What is Required to REALLY be Prepared?

  • Denis,

    Stumbled on your article while seeking for Christian perspectives on prepping. I found your article to be spot-on with regard to preparedness industry marketing.

    I too believe that “the foundation of a proper, effective and essential attitude is a reliance and trust upon God” is the spiritual component of preparedness.

    As I learn more about what I should be doing to be a more “complete” Christian man and husband, I have been seeking God’s direction with regard to my role as a husband and my responsibility to take care of not only my immediate family on a daily basis, but also be able to provide for others (Christians or not) who may have need when significant life altering events present themselves.

    I found it EXTREMELY time consuming to research and evaluate the myriad of products marketed for “preparedness”, and to filter out the unnecessary gadgets to find good gear that will have real value in real emergency/disaster situations. With that, I want to be mindful to NOT let my preparedness activities become an idol in my life, and I want to remind my brothers and sisters in Christ of this as well.

    This experience has led me to building a website to help folks find and select the best bug out gear for their particular preparedness needs and help filter and eliminate the unnecessary gadgets.

    I pray that you may keep God first and be guided by the Holy Spirit in your preparedness endeavors.

    God Bless!