Everyone who wants to live a more self-reliant life starts at the beginning. From there, everyone’s journey takes on a different perspective. Did you grow up with frugal parents? Do you live a minimalist lifestyle? Do you have a ton of money? Are you a worrier? All these things and more contribute to the way you journey through this life in preparedness. But have you ever considered that resetting your prep readiness might be necessary?
Resetting is a time to stop, reflect and evaluate if you need to make a change in the direction you are heading. It requires humility and focus. You will need to plan and adjust. It’s not always easy, but the flip side of it could mean you and your family won’t be as prepared as you should be.
An Example of Getting Off
In the Bible, one example of someone getting off the journey they should have been on is Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. In 2 Kings 3, Jehoram, king of Israel reaches out to Jehoshaphat to help bring Moab back in line. Jehoshaphat agrees to help Jehoram. 2 Kings 3:7 says, “Then he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, “The king of Moab has broken away from me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?” And he said, “I will go up. Consider me yours, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”’ (NASB)
The problem is that King Jehoshaphat shouldn’t have had anything to do with King Jehoram. Although they were both descendants of Jacob, the Northern Kingdom of Israel turned from following God a long time ago. Jehoshaphat was still considered a good king in the eyes of the Lord. But for some crazy reason, Jehoshaphat aligned himself with Jehoram.
Needing a Reset
As their armies traveled towards Moab, they found themselves in a predicament when they couldn’t find water for the army, horses or cattle that traveled with them. Jehoram was ready to call it and resigned himeself to believe that the Lord was going to hand the army over to the Moabites. But Jehoshophat decided to reset.
11 But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord by him?” And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.” 12 And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.2 Kings 4:11-12
Jehoshaphat reset the whole mission by going to the Lord for guidance. In honesty, he should have done that in the first place. But doing so here, is a great example that a reset can be done at any time. Spoiler Alert – God intervened and Moab was defeated. To watch the devotional, check out the video at the end of the article.
Who Might Need to Do a Prep Reset?
In truth, everyone should be open to doing a prep reset to be better prepared.
Those that are new to prepping can easily get off the truth path when they focus on the wrong things. It’s easy to read an article, click on a link, buy some gear and then put it away in a closet. It is easy to see a book, purchase it and put it on a bookshelf where it never gets read. It is easy to watch hours and hours of videos, but never do anything with that knowledge.
But those of us who have been prepping for a while can be in a similar boat of needing to reset our prep readiness. After years of preparedness, it is easy to fall into the place where you just think you know it all. It is easy to stop taking inventory of your preps and then realize that all that prep goodness you had isn’t really there. And some need to reset because they look down on those who have just realized that the world is fragile and see the need to become more self-reliant.
How To Reset Your Prep Readiness
Revisit your plans!
You do have plans, right? Jehoshaphat and Jehoram didn’t have a plan for water. It almost cost them their armies! If you are planning to shoot from the hip during an emergency situation, think again! Many people find themselves in shock and panic during a true emergency. And even if you are good at shooting from the hip, your family members might not be. They will need specific information on how to proceed with or without you in a given emergency. This is prep readiness 101.
Don’t buy any new gear!
What?!? Heresy you say! I mean, I like a new knife just like most. But sometimes you need to do a spending freeze to you evaluate what you truly have. How many different knives do you need? Do you have one or four already that will accomplish the task you need it for? Your money might be better used elsewhere.
This is the boring side of prep readiness. Who wants to make a list of what they have and note where it is located? The fact is we forget all the gear we have. You can go rummaging through boxes, backpacks and closets, or you can get out your inventory log and do a quick check. What makes more sense?
Update your emergency contacts.
As we get older and our situations change, we might need to update our emergency contacts. Our kids might have changed their cell phone numbers. We might have changed doctors. Aunt Janice might have passed away and the farm isn’t available to our family any longer as a bugout location. Your emergency contact and information list should be updated and shared with every family member.
Trim the fat.
What do I mean here? Well, this category incorporates a lot! Usually trimming the fat means getting rid of things you don’t need. For example, you might have impulse bought that cool piece of gear online, but after close inspection, you realize that it is a cheap piece of junk. It definitely isn’t something you want a loved one to depend on in a true emergency. Get rid of it! But you might also need to trim the fat on some old attitudes. As you’ve learned more about how to be better prepared, are there some things that just don’t line up for you any longer? Like the need to have a $2,500 AR, but your car is about to breakdown? Or the need to have a bugout prepper group, instead of an online group that can offer help right now! Practical prep readiness is not sexy, but makes more sense!
Ready or Not
The sooner you can reset your prep readiness the better off you will be. I’ve used the analogy of being off a few degrees on a compass before in church. If you are off a few degrees and you can catch it in 30 minutes, you haven’t traveled to far off the course. But if you are off a few degrees and you have been traveling all day, you have lost valuable time in your travels.
Ready or not, emergencies come. When they do, you want to be as prepared as possible. Doing a rest on your readiness every so often can pay off big dividends for you and your family.