Prepare — By Jessica Le
Usually, I am the type of person that prepares ahead of time for items on my to-do list. The last time I wrote a blog for What’s the Word, I sent in my rough draft two weeks before the due date. This time, I’m currently writing this blog on my flight to Texas.
Prepare is an action word that can link to many events. You can prepare for a presentation. You can prepare for a road trip. You can prepare for a wedding or baby entering the world. You can prepare for a lot of things. The events may or may not turn out the way you like, but an ounce of preparation is better than zero. Preparation takes time and thought.
Thursday morning, I came into work and checked the resourcing calendar and emails for the day. I found out that I needed to book my travel ASAP and leave on Sunday! Internally, I was freaking out because I had three days to prepare for my first business trip.
I always believe that every coincidence is a “God moment.” I thought I chose the word “prepare,” but God chose the word “prepare” for me.
To be honest, I don’t know what to expect when I am assigned to my first client site, but I must be prepared. I have had training and people guiding me along the way, but I must be confident. The most important action along with confidence is “to love.” I need to love those I meet — whether it’s the Uber driver, the person I am sitting next to on the plane, or the clinicians who I will be facing.
In Colossians 3: 23, we are reminded, “Whatever you do, work at it will all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Shoutout to Nancy — a passenger on my right for sharing this verse with me.)
I have noticed that in our world, the inheritance from the Lord may blind us from the present. When we realize we are serving God’s people within our daily lives, the reward of eternal life will happen in an authentic way when we pray, love, and act.
I hope to go to Heaven someday. I think we all do, but we don’t know what to expect when we wait at the gates of Heaven. There are going to be many unknowns leading up to this point, but we need faith that our preparation here on Earth will guide us to eternal life. I look forward to meeting our Creator and all the angels and saints watching over us and every move we make.
The real questions are: Do we prepare ourselves in the morning to live out a day for Christ? How can we use our thoughts and time to help those around us? What ways can we prepare ourselves before we participate in Mass? Do we humble ourselves and understand that our life is in the hands of our Creator?
God, I didn’t know what to write weeks ago, but now I understand your plan for today. Help me prepare my heart for this week at work and for the rest of eternity. I trust in you. Amen.
My name is Jessica Le, and I recently graduated from Mizzou and moved to Kansas City. I am serving as a Consultant Analyst in the health care field and want to bring Jesus to every single person I encounter. I enjoy being outdoors, traveling the world, and trying new food/drinks. You can read more of Jessica’s blogging at pocketcatholic.wordpress.com.