Preparation: Wisdom Wednesday
Today we enjoyed mentoring a class of aspiring barbers and cosmetologists on image. We founds ourselves sharing these wise words of wisdom.
Many have a heart to give. But are we talking about preparation? The Bible tells us to go to the ant...
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. (Proverbs 6.6)
What God is attempting to tell us in this passage is that it's not on a leader or teacher or instructor to prepare you for your harvest. It's on you. The bread in this passage can be viewed symbolically. Attempt to view it as growing the grain which takes month's time before it's ready to be harvested.
In order to have bread you must first prepare the soil. Plant the seed. Water it. Shield it from the elements. Then, you will have wheat to harvest in the fall. Not to mention all of the other ingredients needed thereafter to create the dough (money) and then the tools it takes to bake it (investment) and then you can finally eat.
The same can be applied to your purpose. Preparing yourself and your friends, family, and community means this, you first prepare the soil.
Segment the friends who you've decided you want to travel with you on this journey and inform them about your next move. Tell them what they should and shouldn't expect from you and then tell them what you expect from them during this time of labor. Define what support looks like to you.
Next, Plant the seed. The seed is your goal. Tell them your plans and aspirations. Shield your seed from naysayers. Water it by nurturing your goals with mentors and education.
Finally, note that preparation requires you to sow. You shouldn't expect to reap instantly. Remain steadfast, weather the emotions and invest in yourself when the unpredictable things come up.
Then eat up, you've earned it.
Many thanks to Another Level Barber and Cosmetology School (ALBC) for allowing us to serve.