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Wednesday Word: Preparation and Perspiration

September 09, 2020
By Brig Thompson

Growing up I had a coach that was renowned for using the old quote, “success is 90% preparation and 10% perspiration.” While we have all heard this many times, I remember hearing this as a young athlete and thinking what does he really mean by this? Is he saying that it’s more about practice than the game? Or I don’t have to try as hard if I’m prepared? Or that it is just simply easier to succeed if we are prepared? 


Well, many years later I still often hear my coaches gravely voice saying, “Thompson, 90/10!!”
I can honestly say I’ve used this quote in my life and discussions with my own teams of athletes and faculty teams. I have come to appreciate the simple wisdom and truth from such an old quote. Even Abraham Lincoln reportedly said “If I had 6 hours to cut down a tree, I would spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  Preparation is definitely vital for success.


I believe the key understanding is that it’s not that hard work and perspiration are not needed, it’s the fact that if they are not tied to careful and prayerful planning, then they are just sweat.

But, like so many things, these simple little nuggets of wisdom are derived from scripture. Jesus taught us the importance of preparation and planning in Luke 14:


Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the 

cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is 

not able to finish it, everyone who sees it ill ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to 

build and was not able to finish.’ Luke 14:28-30


He went on to say in verse 31, “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another 

king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to 

oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?”


These words from Jesus console me, especially in our current situation. As we continue to wait on finalizing with insurance companies and FEMA and builders and contractors and architects-- we are VERY BUSY preparing! And as we are preparing, we are laying the foundation through our faith and obedience in Jesus Christ that will insure the continued “success” of MJCA in all that we do. 


Thank you for your continued support and as the plans grow, we will need more and more of your help to plan with us in various areas of need. Let’s keep sharpening the axe and look forward with great anticipation to the amazing plans God has for us!


"God always prepares you for what He has prepared for you!" - Pastor Phillip Dunn

Mr. T

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