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by Manuel Vargas 
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Preparation 101

There is a Powerful passage of Scripture I came across in the winter of 1992, in the Book of Proverbs. Allow me to share this verse with you;

[Put first things first.] Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house and establish a home (Proverbs 24:27 Amplified Bible).

We are Always Preparing

This passage of Scripture is the Key to improving the quality of our lives to be in a position to be successful. There are 3 simple steps;

1. Prepare your work outsideÖ
2. And get it ready for yourself in the field;
3. And afterward build your house and establish a home (Prov. 24:27 AMP)

We are always in PREPARATION. Educationally, we are sent to school and taught to learn academics from pre-K-to-Grade school-to-Middle school then depending how equipped our schools are in our county we are introduced to vocational training in High school-and thru to-College. Some of us go all the way to college and ultimately achieve a Higher Level of Education with many degrees and enter the Vocational field, the Medical field, the Corporate field, the Athletic field, the Political field and the Media and Arts field, and become world changers and successful entrepreneurs.

My point is we are always PREPARING ourselves for something in life.

My Story

When I was 12 years old, I would split my time up between both sides of my family. On the weekends I would be with my grandparents from my fatherís side of the family. They were on my case about my turning 13 and obtaining my working papers. My uncleís would be visiting there and beating me over the head by saying, ďYou got to go to work donít be lazy like your motherís side of the family.Ē Although it was true and cruel I was in fear of not disappointing them so I made up my mind to go to work when I turned 13.

I was in 7th grade when I turned 13, and I obtained my working papers. The summer of 1981, I started working in Construction as a laborer earning $5 bucks an hour. A great salary back then for a 13 year old. My first Construction site was a huge Mansion that was being converted into 9 cooperative apartments a high-end project that I knew very little about but since my uncles and my father were High-end Master Carpenters and Craftsmen in all trades it was easy for me to fit in and work. Because throughout the years I would help them renovate their homes and give it a Park Avenue touch of class look. So I was used to the High-end type of work ethics.

My boss J.L. took a liking to me because I adapted and caught on quickly. One day John challenged me he said, Manny you see your uncles they are awesome Carpenters and Mechanics in various fields but I tried to encourage them to be more than Carpenters; I told them to become Licensed Contractors and Architects. John said itís easy for them because they are great at what they do. John said Iím a registered Architect and a Licensed Contractor. So donít settle for just being a great Carpenter and good Mechanic become more than a tradesman.

At 13 years of age that went in one ear and out the other. Mainly because that 1st summer I made $3,500 dollars. I was the best dressed Puerto Rican kid in Brooklyn in 1981. The fact that I had whatever I desired to buy that summer preoccupied my thoughts and time to enjoy myself which is nothing wrong with youthful enjoyment especially when youíve worked hard for it.

Each summer I would rake in more money. I did Penthouses, High-end apartments on Park Avenue and met a lot of the Rich and Famous people. At the age of 16, I was kicked out of my Vocational High School and sent to a lax High School. I lost interest in finishing school so I signed out. I called John and told him what I did so I may be able to work full-time at Jamco Construction Inc. John took me in and I kept moving up in the Construction field learning the trades and I was set-up to become an Architect by attending College Parsonís School of Art and Design. Itís called the New School today. My Professor was a good friend to John. My Professor was John B. So I had it all, the best school, the High-end gig and great contacts and networks.

It didnít last long, my youth and ignorance led me astray when this hot looking girl told me to cut class to hang out with her. I wasnít a Christian I didnít have strong morals and I fell a victim to her requests. I didnít consider the fact that my boss spent a lot of time and money on me, giving me the best of everything to be successful in the Construction field. I didnít take it to heart that it wasnít the season to build a relationship but to be under some intense training with seasonal breaks in-between. I failed in my PREPARATION stage of life that would have set me up in life to be successful.

What are you PREPARING FOR?

Solomon said, [Put first things first.] Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house and establish a home (Proverbs 24:27 AMP).

Are you PREPARING to be a Doctor, Lawyer, or Architect? Are you engaged in sports and soon to become the next Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, or Derek Jeter? Are you going to be the next Oprah, Katie, or Rachael Ray? Are you an up and coming Joel Osteen, Smith Wigglesworth, or Charles Stanley or Joyce Meyer? Who are you going to impact? What has God called you to do? Are you making all the right moves to be all you could be in the Lord? Some of these people mention aside from the ministers may not know God or live according to the principle laid out by Solomon. Yet, we have to ask ourselves, ĎWhat are we PREPARING FOR?í

Meditate on this and I will come back again to take you further in-depth because the Holy Spirit wants to take us into a deeper level of PREPARATION! May God Bless you with revelation in Jesusí name amen.

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