Contributed by Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM), which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and also where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today”, it will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
Preparedness is important. Floods, earthquakes, vehicle breakdowns or power outages are just a few of the items Alaskan’s need to be ready to contend with.
Spiritual preparedness is essential in determining where you will spend eternity.
God has prepared a place for us. John 14:1-3 says, “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
That place is called Heaven and is reserved for those that believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as Savior and Lord.
However, God has also prepared a place for all those who refuse to believe. Revelation 21:8 tells us, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Revelation 20:15 states, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
We must be prepared to meet God. We may spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven, or we may reject Jesus and spend eternity in the lake of fire. We choose.
What will your choice be?
If you are not prepared, please contact me and I can help you.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain