December 26, 2016 @ 1:50 AM

Welcome again to this week's word for the week. Let me get straight to the point here this week in order to keep things short. Are you ready or prepared for what God is both doing and getting ready to do? Have you made preparations for what's in store? This year is coming to a close quickly but it's not over yet. There is still plenty of time for God to do what He promised and for you to get some things in order. Don't miss your moment when it's upon you.

Several years ago I used to pull the band trailer for a high school. One particular year they had a game on the other side of the state late in the year. I checked the weather and found out it was going to be in the low to mid 30's there. Keep in mind that is was nice on our side of the state but with a four hour difference the weather was not the same. My wife and I doubled as chaperones also and we had to sit near the top of the bleachers to be able to better monitor things so the heavy jackets were needed.

We got our son out of school early to go with us and before leaving I asked did he have his jacket. He didn't like heavy jackets at the time but I told him he would need one and why. In a rush I never physically checked to make sure he had it. I got in the truck and simply asked did he and he said yes. You know what happened next. We got all the way there and found out he didn't even bring a jacket. As his father, I made the sacrifice for his well being and comfort and gave him my jacket while I toughed it out without one.

My point this week is simple. What could have and should have been avoided in your life if you were simply prepared? How many other have been affected by your lack of preparation? It's easy to blame my son but the reality is that it would not have taken any extra time to make sure he had one before we left. I knew how he was about heavy jackets and I didn't do my part to make sure he was prepared. How much did it hurt him? He was warm at the game while I was the one standing in one place trying to rock back and forth and bounce around to keep warm.

If God wants to show up right now and do something great in your life are you ready? Is everything in place? When I was in the military we had to do an inspection and follow a specific checklist before we operated any vehicle. It's too late when driving to find out you didn't make sure the brake line was connected. The inspection prepares you. It makes sure of two things. That nothing is missing and that everything in place actually functions as it should.

When is the last time you examined your life and made sure everything is in place and functioning as designed by God? When is the last time you examined your study life or your prayer life? If a storm comes before your promise are you equipped to endure it? If it rains before the sun shines are you prepared for that? You can ask all day if everything is in place. You can also check yourself and make sure it's really in place. 

The same way I couldn't blame my son because I didn't check is the same way you have to blame yourself at times. When you are prepared in life it helps others. When you are not prepared in life it hurts others. There is no other way to put that. Who is depending on you to be ready with God? Who's breakthrough is tied into your preparation? Who's blessing can be held up if you're not ready? These questions don't feel good but they will work for your good if you let them. Get ready for more of God is my point. Once you get ready make sure you stay ready! Don't be out of place when God shows up ready to deliver you.

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,

Bishop Carlos J. Lennon