If I ask you, “What does a fireman do?” You’ll respond, “They put out fires.” But actually, firefighting consumes only a fraction of the firefighter’s workday.
The firefighter spends many hours each week receiving training, preparing his equipment for the next fire, and promoting fire prevention. Without that regular preparation and prevention time, the firefighter’s job would be much more difficult and his efforts much less effective.
Most any job will have some “firefighting” or crisis response built into it. We can’t eliminate the crises, but they will come less often and be much more manageable, if we spend some time on a regular basis in prevention and preparation. Proverbs says, the wise man will forsee evil and take the appropriate action. In other words, he invests time now in prevention to avoid a time consuming crisis later on.
Take a moment right now and consider the most likely crisis to erupt in your life during the next six months. Then, list the prevention and preparation tactics you will use to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.