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09/14/2010

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Be Prepared


"I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did....I constantly remember you in my prayers....I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois, and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded lives in you" (2 Tim. 1:3-5).

When someone once asked Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting, about it's motto of Be Prepared with the question, "be prepared for what?" he replied, "why for any old thing." In summarizing an excerpt from the Boy Scout Handbook, Baden-Powell wasn't just thinking of being ready for emergencies like first-aid or life-saving techniques. His idea was that all scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lie ahead....Be prepared for life--to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best...That's what be prepared means."

When the apostle Paul writes his last epistle that we now call 2 Timothy, his life is almost over. It is very personal in that he wrote of his impending death. Timothy was more than likely one of the most trusted and faithful of Paul's companions in the Lord. In the letter, Paul shows his concern for his younger friend and tries to prepare him for what would lie ahead. Timothy did not get to join Paul and Silas in Lystra by accident. He had been prepared well before by his mom and grandma. In the Book of Acts (16) we learn that his mom was a Jewish lady, and in 2 Timothy we learn her name, Eunice. She was a Godly woman and she and her mother Lois had apparently become Christians before he had. Paul says that the faith "first lived in them." They were the ones who got their son and grandson prepared. They did what good Christian parents do...They instilled godly values in him and prepared him for faithfulness. We cannot control anyone's life, but as faithful Christians we can help others to Be Prepared....Prepared for faithfulness....

Have a great day....Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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