Emergency preparedness is a lot like life. The things that make life a success also apply to an emergency. The main difference is that usually the stakes are higher in an emergency (the cost of failure is greater).
Character: while there are many aspects of character that can readily be applied to survival, I believe that discipline is probably the key element. Can you make yourself do what needs to be done ahead of time? Do you? Are you willing to bypass instant gratification in hope of future reward? Do you? Does your life consist of projects for a better future? Or means to gratify your desires now? Think about it. Act on it!
Spiritual disciplines: in the Christian life we also have a set of disciplines. Many of them are found in specific commands, like "fast and pray that ye enter not into temptation." The following list contain some of the important spiritual disciplines that impact your life and thus your preparedness for an emergency.
Habits are very important; they are the things we do almost without thinking so we want to form good ones now so that when we are under stress we will respond properly. One of the most important habits we want to begin forming now is the ability to stay calm. Our children are watching us. They are probably unsure what to think of the present situation, is this a calamity, a celebration or neither. They are looking at us for the clue, what we do, whether it be staying calm or freaking out, they will also do. So stay calm. Another benefit is that when you are calm you think more clearly and will be able to get the most important things done. Remember, God is in control, seek His wisdom as you prepare and also when you have need to use your preparations.
Prov 29:18 "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
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