Katrina was an eye opening calamity for many Americans. It made us realize the frailty and insufficiency of our disaster preparedness plans. The storm simply overmatched and exposed many of the shortcomings of federal, state, and local governments and businesses.
Some of our lack of preparedness is due to a too-busy society overwhelmed by other problems and unwilling to take the time to prepare…but some of it is the belief the government will step in and handle the problems.
Once again, the number one lesson we must learn from Hurricane Katrina is that our federal, state, and local governments are neither good nor fast First Responders for calamities. They will eventually show up, but for many of us, it may be too late.
Who are the best First Responders for any natural or terrorist catastrophes? The answers: you and I.
And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31)
(Excerpt from Planning + Preparation = Survival by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2013, Amazon eBook)
My prayer today:
Lord, help us to love our neighbors enough to introduce ourselves and make friendships with them before calamity strikes.
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for American believers’ eyes to be opened.