Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Unprepared?

If you're like me, you've probably heard that when you run, you only need to worry about layering your upper body. For some reason, your legs don't require the same warmth and protection that your arms and upper body need.

When I left out to run Monday morning, I was acutely aware of the cooler temps that accompany fall's arrival. I immediately starting thinking through the feasibility of returning back home and getting a jacket or long-sleeve T-shirt. I opted to press on and hope for the best.

Well, I learned through experience that your upper body really does require greater protection than your lower body. I didn't have any major problems, but my arms and hands were quite chilly by the time I finished.

Sometimes I'm guilty of doing the same thing in my spiritual walk with Jesus.

I set off to do something really great for Christ, but I forget to prepare in advance. That preparation may be prayer or bible study or accountability or fill-in-the-blank.

I know in my head what I should do, but I impulsively set out thinking, "Eh. It won't really be that important to do beforehand."

God has been gracious to me many times and carried me through despite my foolishness (though I may have to suffer some consequences.) But I'm starting to discover more and more, that if I'll trust that still small voice that speaks to me and tries to warn or prepare me in advance, life is usually a whole lot easier.

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