Preparing Today for Tomorrow’s Challenges

Like the diligent ant or the proactive Jaredites, we must prepare today for future challenges. This spiritual thought explores how prayer, fasting, faith, learning, and service can fortify us for the spiritual ‘winters’ of life.

Have you ever taken the time to examine the humble ant? As the summer sun casts its golden rays, warming the earth, the ant does not idle away or frolic in the sunlight. Instead, it busies itself with gathering food and diligently preparing for the cold winter days ahead. It’s a creature of foresight, constantly mindful of future challenges. It’s a natural embodiment of the proverb, “make hay while the sun shines.” And in its small but significant way, the ant presents us a profound lesson on preparing today for future challenges.

“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:119)

This powerful scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants provides us with an imperative for spiritual preparation. It’s not a mere suggestion to prepare; it’s a command to organize, prepare every needful thing, and establish a house embodying prayer, fasting, faith, learning, glory, order, and God. It urges us to fortify our spiritual selves for any potential trials that may come our way.

Our spiritual journey can take a leaf out of the Book of Mormon’s account of the Jaredites. These ancient people were tasked with a monumental challenge: to construct barges and cross the vast, perilous waters to a promised land. The undertaking was daunting, the future uncertain. But guided by their faith in God and His instructions, they began building and preparing for the journey. Their preparation wasn’t merely physical; it was steeped in faith, trust, and foresight. Their story is a testament to the power of preparing today for what tomorrow may bring.

We can emulate the ant’s diligence and the Jaredites’ faith-filled preparation in our lives. Consider our times of peace and stability as “summer,” a season to nurture and bolster our spiritual capacities. We can use this time to fortify our faith, deepen our commitment to prayer and fasting, and continuously strive to learn and live by the gospel principles. By doing so, we arm ourselves for the inevitable “winters,” the trials and tribulations that we might encounter in our spiritual journey.

Think of ourselves as builders, tasked with constructing our spiritual edifice. The foundation we lay must be robust, capable of withstanding life’s storms. And the materials we choose—fervent prayer, diligent scripture study, dedicated service to others, and heartfelt living of the gospel principles—will determine the strength of our spiritual building. By investing time and effort in these activities today, we ensure our readiness for future challenges.

As we prioritize our spiritual preparation today, we become like the ant, ready for the winter’s cold. We embody the faith and foresight of the Jaredites, prepared for the tumultuous journey ahead. Today’s preparation thus becomes tomorrow’s fortification, a testament to our commitment to withstand and thrive amidst life’s challenges.

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