By Joe Benjamin

Preparation precedes and paves the way for promotion. When I ran the half marathon, the reason why I had achy muscles after the run, was because my body was not ready for running it. I did not train adequately in order for my fitness to be up to scratch. I learnt a valuable lesson here on preparation. If you have the opportunity to train and get ready and you do not do it, you will suffer a lot of pain and regret. Let us learn from the Word of God below in the book of Proverbs, one of my favourite Old Testament books.

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest”. (Proverbs 6:6-8)

This proverb gives us some really solid advice on preparation. It says if we look at the life of an ant, she gathers her food in preparation for winter. The ant is considered wise because of this. Wise people will value preparation, just as much as you do presentation, if not more. Conversely, if you do not prepare you are setting yourself up for failure. I read a dead right quote which said, “If you don’t prepare to win, you are preparing to lose”.

Before I ran the half marathon, the longest I had run was eight miles, yet the half marathon is thirteen plus. In order to live a life of no regret in Christ, do all you have to do to stand. Do what you can do as a human and leave God to deal with your inadequacies. What do I mean? If you are more than ready for the race, you can win the race.