Recently my brother-in-law, who is a Marine, shared a story with me the other day about two Marines who stopped a car bomber from killing 150 American and Iraqi troops… in six seconds! When we think of acts of heroism, we think them in terms of heartfelt speeches, counting costs, and tactical actions; but no, these two men were provided none of that. They had a few short moments as the car hurdled towards them to react. All the months of arduous training they had previously received had prepared them for this exact moment.
It is an excellent reminder of two things: 1. The huge sacrifice being made daily, both here and abroad, by our brave servicemen and women. 2. The importance of practice and preparation in our own lives. No matter how you’d wish you’d act or react in any particular situation, it is how you do so right now that makes all the difference. “Practice makes permanent,” as they say. So, if you’d like to rock that next guitar solo, play your scales. If you’d like to like to score that next deal, rehearse your presentation. If you’d like to have just the right words for that questioning seeker-friend of yours, be in the Word daily.
Sooner or later, the opportunity you seek will come. The question is: will you be ready?