Over on his blog, Mark Sanborn quotes Joel Weldon:
“You prepare for what you love.”
I was thinking about this as I prepared for a meeting today - I was on the train travelling to the venue as I was reading the material. Just another routine meeting among dozens in every month. No fuss, minimum preparation - go in, hope there are no difficult questions, go home, file the papers... ready for the next meeting. As it happens, this isn't a meeting that would fall into the category of 'loved'.
Anyway, I think that I want to modify the quotation from Weldon.
For me, it's more a case of degrees of preparedness:
- We willingly and eagerly prepare for what we truly love;
- We reluctantly prepare for what we deem to be necessary;
- We 'wing it' for what we consider to be without value, but inescapable.
There may be other degrees - but I think that it's about recognising our attitude towards something - meeting, presentation, Bible Study, family celebration - by the way that we approach it. In my emerging thoughts about developing daily discipline (DDD), it's also about what we do after the event - do we review it, do we follow up actions, do we reflect and learn?
And also, is our preparation attitude reflected in the way we behave within a situation?
So what does this say to me about last night's church meeting? Hmmm... reflection needed!