January 24 – Best Year Yet – Be Prepared, Work Hard

Read Proverbs 6:11

“Be prepared” is the Boy Scout motto. I learned it at an early age and found that it is a great game plan for life.

My parents always taught me that hard work may be difficult and challenging, but it is worthwhile. They said it, modeled it, lived it and proved it to me. I have also learned that, if you are working at something you enjoy, it can make a positive difference. We have tried to teach these lessons to our family: be prepared, work hard and have fun.

“A man reaps what he sows.”  (1 Corinthians 9:6b NIV)

Bill Rafferty is a college basketball broadcaster who is enjoyable to listen to. His passion for the game itself, as well as the players and coaches, is obvious and contagious. He enjoys it, and he is good at broadcasting.

I have read about his diligent preparation. He watches hours of video each week, pouring over previous games played by the teams he will be covering. He interviews players, coaches and others involved in basketball, looking for little ideas and insights into what players and teams will be doing on game day as well as relevant stories, strengths, weaknesses and injury statuses.

And over 90 percent of the information Bill gathers does not get used!

He is prepared. He is ready and has the attitude of doing the best you can and maybe do more than is required.

“A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks; a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.”. Proverbs 22:3 MSG

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence of Clemson wore Galatians 6:9 (“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”) on his wristband in the 2019 National Championship football game when he led his team to a victory over Alabama. After the game, he talked about Jesus and the value of doing good. He was prepared and he obviously worked hard to get there.

And his Coach, Dabo Swinney, tries to model the lessons taught in the book Lead . . . for God’s Sake! A Parable for Finding the Heart of Leadership by Todd G. Gongwer. It is about honoring God first in our lives, being prepared, working hard and having fun.

What are some ways that you can prepare yourself for hard work this year?

Tom Weckesser



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