Are you prepared? This is a question I hear a lot around this time of year because it’s hurricane season here in Florida. Thankfully, my husband is a planner. So, we have gallons of water, batteries, a generator, canned goods, and other emergency supplies stockpiled in our garage. The latest addition to our arsenal is a watersafe, a plastic bladder that transforms our bathtub into a sanitary water storage container. We learned about this product on a reality tv show called Doomsday Preppers. (My husband had me DVR all the episodes of season 1). Have you seen the show? The National Geographic Channel website describes its premise:
“Doomsday Preppers explores
the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans
who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it.
Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies,
preppers will go to whatever lengths they can
to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties.”
Each episode highlights three preppers, describes their well-laid doomsday preparations, and provides an expert assessment of their plan’s effectiveness. I must admit that I think the people on this show are a little crazy. One prepper made his kids eat meals made with bugs in order to prepare them for what he considered to be the inevitable end of the food supply during an apocalypse. I seriously wanted to grab his kids and take them out for a Happy Meal.
I am not over-fascinated with doomsday scenarios, but as a Christian, I do believe we are living in the end times. This week, as I was reading I Peter 4, I realized that this epistle provides us with our own “end times” preparation list:
The end of all things is near.
Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.
Above all, love each other deeply,
because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received
to serve others, as faithful stewards
of God’s grace in its various forms.
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one
who speaks the very words of God.
If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides,
so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
vs. 7-11, NIV
Christ followers, like Doomsday Preppers, are people unique in belief, motivation and strategy. I believe Jesus is the way. I am motivated by His love for me, and this passage provides my end times strategy:
As the end draws near, I am called to be a servant.
I am called to be alert and prayerful.
I am called to love.
I am called to speak the very words of God.
I am to open my home and my heart as a safe haven.
God will give me all the supplies required for survival. In the end, He will be glorified. Victory is certain.
Q4U: Are you ready for the end? How are you preparing?
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