10 Reasons I believe in preparedness:
10) I hate standing in line on a good day. Standing in line with screaming children and stressed out parents while only holding half of what I need because record-setting weather is predicted?
9) Because I like options. Preparedness increases my options—options in what I eat, what I wear, how I travel, and how I spend my free time—even when life is uncomfortable.
8) Because I see a decline in just about everything. There is a decline in morality, in work ethic, and even in common sense. Preparedness allows me to step outside of full dependency upon the culture as a whole.
7) Because I am cheap. If I run out of something, a “run to the store” results in unnecessary purchases and paying full retail prices. Buying ahead (like buying in bulk) means I am forever getting that item at the “sale price”. I am empowered to refuse overpriced items.
6) Because I hate to worry, especially over material things! I feel free when I am learning the skills of self-sufficiency; I feel free when I am frugal, when I am generous, and when I have something set aside for a “rainy day”. And it just so happens, that the one word that encompasses all of that is “preparedness!”
5) Because I believe in debt-free living. It seems impossible to achieve at first, but having a frugal and self sufficient lifestyle helps us maintain debt-free living when times get really tough.
4) Because I see the principle of stewardship in the Bible and I want to emulate that in my own life. I need to know what I have to manage my estate diligently.
“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” –Luke 14:28
3) Because I believe that the right thing is not always easy or socially acceptable, and I believe this is the right thing. Even if it means I am weird.
2) Because I believe in hard work and forethought, and because I believe in modeling these for my children.
1) Because I can only give out of what I have. Charity begins with the blessing of surplus.
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Old Work Boots: http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mTFDUow/Tough+as+old+boots
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