If you were raised in the Thompson home, then you would be well acquainted with my father’s idioms. You know, those sayings that sometimes make sense, other times leave you quizzically scratching your head, and sometimes (more often than not) bring illumination and understanding into the maturation process of living.

While some of his idioms are a distant memory, there are others that have left an indelible impression upon me and continue to serve me well. One in particular has remained with me to this present day. (Preparation + Opportunity = Success.)

The truth that this adage possesses cannot be adequately revealed in this post, however, I hope that seeds are planted in the heart of each reader to embrace and apply this to every area of your life.

Every day we make decisions that impact the outcome of our lives. We choose what we say and don’t say. What we do and don’t do. How we behave and misbehave.

Did it ever occur to you that every day of your life you make choices that dramatically and irrevocably alter how things turn out for you? Let that sink in for a moment!

The question you should ask yourself is this: Are the choices I’m making today – right now – changing the outcome for better or worse?

Don’t take that question lightly. Be transparent and allow this moment to facilitate accurate and telling self-examination.

A number of people aren’t where they’re supposed to be when it comes time for God to promote them. Why? Because they haven’t committed to the process of preparation. The result, unfulfilled potential and once inspiring dreams that are now haunting them.

The truth is, preparation is never easy. It is always hard. But the hardest part of the preparation process is choosing to commit to it. Remember, before you can take a short cut to any destination, you must master the route through diligent preparation.

The opportunities will come! That’s inevitable! Perhaps, for some of you the opportunities are imminent. Are you ready to succeed?

Success is never an accident. It is a result of choosing to prepare, right where you are.

Don’t despise your small beginnings, rather ferociously prepare for what He has in store for you.

… we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us (Romans 5:3-5).