Last week my cousin spent the day chasing plywood and supplies all over town in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Store shelves were sparse, gas stations drained, and Home Depot was like Black Friday with the amount of frantic pushing and shoving.
My cousin spent nearly 24 hours securing windows and battening down the hatches. He was just praying his home wouldn’t blow away.
When faced with a natural disaster like the one we saw last week, one thing is for sure. People spring into action. Survival mode kicks in. Some evacuate. Others brace for a fight. But one thing we all have in common?
Whether it be a hurricane, tornado, fire or shooting, our country knows how to band together.
We know what to do because we have prepared ourselves in advance for emergencies. Schools have procedures. Cities have action plans. Families have fire escape routes. When we know a disaster is coming down the pipeline, we sound the alarm and get our gear in order.
And it got me thinking.
If we spend so much time prepping in advance for a natural emergency, why do we not do this in other areas of life?
Because for many of us, the likelihood of experiencing a catastrophic event is much less than encountering emotional disasters like betrayal, divorce, disease, or the death of a loved one. If we spend the time and resources creating action plans for potential heart attacks, intruders or natural disasters, wouldn’t it make sense to also prepare our hearts and minds for the personal experiences we know for sure are coming?
Preparing for disasters of the heart
At one time or another, most of us will find ourselves in a situation where we’ll be tempted to be jealous, compare, gossip, be impatient, resentful, and hold a grudge. Things will happen to make us shaken and afraid. At some point, we will be betrayed, hurt, deceived, lied about and judged.
When those things happen, how will we respond? Will we emotionally wing it and risk the stability of our heart and character? Will we resort to damage control? Are we content to ride the emotional roller coaster every time we experience something hard or heart breaking?
Or is it possible to be prepared? I would argue that we can prepare our minds in advance, giving us the ability to hunker down and survive the storm without the collateral damage. Continue reading