Does preparation = impact?

 

Often, as we prepare for a presentation, we equate the amount of preparation with the impact of the presentation.  

I was always taught to do the work, put in the preparation, to do the details, plan and if I was willing to work hard enough the results, the impact would reflect the time and work that I had put in.  There is some truth to that.  Clearly, we have a responsibility to do our best with the gifts, abilities and opportunities that God has given.  

At the same time, though it seems pedantic to state this, the results are not up to us, but are in the hands of the Holy Spirit as he moves on the hearts and minds of the listeners.  

So, what insures the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit?  Our humility, prayer, and dependence.  This cannot be something that we simply take for granted.  It must be something that is consciously acknowledged each and every day, and especially as we anticipate sharing the truth of God's Word with others.

Blessings,

Dr. Vance

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