Reading: Proverbs 16: 9
It was the day after Thanksgiving when a co-worker friend of mine and I met early in the morning to paint "RESERVED" on several spaces in our parking lot. We had just moved into a new government office building and the first row of spaces was reserved for elected officials. With blue paint and stencils in hand, we went out into the cold November morning.
Once we got a system, we were painting with great ease. Because we did not have multiple letters, we had to use several stencils twice. We taped stencils together to help us but had to reuse some of the letters. We got comfortable in our task. Too comfortable. We weren't paying attention and accidentally painted a wrong letter. We had not properly planned ahead. Another co-worker arrived and pointed out our mistake. We felt really silly and quickly wiped our mistake away.
I've always liked the saying, "Plan Ahead: It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark." Being a boy scout in my younger days, it was drilled into my head that being prepared was something that was expected. Life was a lot better when you were ready for anything that could come your way. If we had paid attention and planned ahead a little better we would not have made our painting error.
Planning ahead and preparing for the future is important. At the same time, we shouldn't get so hyped up in our preparations that we don't stop and enjoy the present. I've also always liked the saying, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift from God-- that's why it is called the present." Be ready for tomorrow but don't forget to stop and smell today's flowers! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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