From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

We often hear about people who are waiting for their chance to make it big.

They dream and imagine what it would be like to achieve their goals, but for many, that day never comes.

Could it be that in the season of waiting there was no preparation?

Proverbs 24:27 says, “Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”

Motivational speaker, radio DJ, and former Ohio state representative, Les Brown, was once confronted with this reality back in his early school days.

Although labelled as “educable mentally retarded” he was challenged by a teacher, Mr. Washington, who told him not to let the opinion of others determine the outcome of his life.

He further stated to Brown something that changed his life: “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”

Les Brown got his first DJ job by serving the DJ staff at a local radio station and learning the ropes in his down time.

Eventually, his big break came.

If you’re waiting around doing nothing because your dream hasn’t happened yet, why not get to work preparing so that you will be ready when it does?

I preached in front of my bedroom mirror long before my pastor ever asked me to preach before the church.

I studied Scripture and read commentaries on my own long before I was doing it for a weekly sermon.

Don’t despise the preparation phase of life.

There’s a lot of great stuff that happens there in the so-called boring and the mundane, but in the end you’ll be ready when opportunity knocks.