“They’re easier to take off than to put on,” our fire chief stated after some of us ‘probies’ learned how to install tire chains on the fire apparatus. We were expecting a snowstorm, but until the storm has passed, we never know what kind of weather or how much snow we’ll actually get here in Vermont. It’s not good to run tire chains on dry pavement, but being prepared is better than being caught with our chains down, especially since speed is important when responding to emergencies. I couldn’t help but think his statement provided a life lesson.
It is easier to avoid a slippery slope if we prepare ahead of time. It is easier to gain some traction by ‘putting on’ wisdom and knowing what to do if we have obtained the knowledge and wisdom needed for different situations. For example, it is easier to say, “No,” or avoid a temptation if we ‘put our chains on’ before facing that temptation, whether it’s a piece of triple chocolate raspberry torte, sex, drugs, or saying something in the heat of the moment that we’ll later regret. It’s best to ‘walk away’ at the outset of a potential problem rather than end up trying to extricate ourselves from the problem after we’ve succumbed. Remember B’rer Rabbit and the Tar Baby? Either don’t stop by the bakery for coffee, or make a firm decision ahead of time not to buy a pastry, too! Don’t even look at them! Once you step foot in the bakery or go through the drive-thru, you’re already on the slope. Got traction?
I didn’t say it was easy.
It isn’t always easy to say, “No,” to strong desires, but making a decision about what to do, if we ever find ourselves in a certain type of situation, makes following through with that decision a bit easier if we make it ahead of time. If we choose not to think about it or prepare, we could find ourselves slipping and sliding, and not only crash ourselves, but hurt others as well. Good thing there are no maple cream doughnuts in the house.
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January 19th, 2015 at 12:31 am
What wise words, Rene … it’s better to make some decisions way ahead. Thanks for this great reminder!!!!
January 19th, 2015 at 5:04 am
Thank you, Heidi! ((hugs))
January 19th, 2015 at 3:36 am
Rene, you are right
January 19th, 2015 at 5:05 am
Thank you, Tienny! ((hugs))
January 20th, 2015 at 4:35 am
Rene, you are welcome ((Hugs too))
January 19th, 2015 at 7:46 am
I keep my chains close at hand (The Word of God), but like you said they are easier to take off than put on, so don’t you think we should practice putting them on even before we need them? In other words be prepared to resist temptation through God’s Word. One of your best Rene, thanks 🙂
January 19th, 2015 at 8:05 am
Yes, I agree. God’s Word and His love can help us avoid those slippery slopes and crashes. Thank you, Randell!
January 19th, 2015 at 3:45 pm
Be prepared is what guides the Boy Scouts – being prepared for life and what comes at you. Lifelong lessons and when I think of the times I’ve been unprepared or under prepared i just shudder – I had the chance and didn’t make he most of it. Thanks for the reminder.
January 19th, 2015 at 4:24 pm
I was never a Girl Scout, but I hear ya concerning unpreparedness. Thank you, Clay!
January 19th, 2015 at 4:21 pm
Great wisdom, Rene.
(That chocolate raspberry torte sounds really good :-))
January 19th, 2015 at 4:26 pm
It is, Bill! [chuckle] My daughter is an amazing baker and cook, so I have to exercise a lot of self-control. Thanks, Bill!
January 30th, 2015 at 3:29 am
Nice story posting, I have put chains on trucks, and been on slippery slopes of life as well. Your posting was well written and effective. glad I looked in.
January 30th, 2015 at 2:45 pm
Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such an encouraging comment, eightdecades!
January 31st, 2015 at 6:55 pm
Wise words Rene. Sometimes its hard to say no, but it is a better decision. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hope you are well. tc 🙂
January 31st, 2015 at 6:56 pm
Thank you, tc! Hope you are well, too!