Sermon quotes on preparation

Richard Bandler and John Grinder

What you call “worry” . . . I call “preparation.”

Karel Čapek

We say that Nature rests, yet she is working like mad. She has only shut up shop and pulled the shutters down; but behind them she is unpacking new goods, and the shelves are becoming so full that they bend under the load. This is the real spring; what is not done now will not be done in April.

The Gardener’s Year (New York: Modern Library, 2002), 116.

Thomas A. Edison

Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.

Madeleine L’Engle

In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own.

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, Convergent Books, 2016.

C.S. Lewis

“You have done what was required of you,” said the Director. “You have obeyed and waited. It will often happen like that. As one of the modern authors has told us, the altar must often be built in one place in order that the fire from heaven may descend somewhere else. But don’t jump to conclusions. You may have plenty of work to do before a month is passed…”

That Hideous Strength

Abraham Lincoln

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

John C. Maxwell

If you’re proactive, you focus on preparing. If you’re reactive, you end up focusing on repairing.

John Wooden

When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.

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