The Advent and the Necessity of Being Prepared for Opportunities

first_imgThis fourth and concluding article of the series on the necessity of preparations summarizes the first three articles and closes on the major benefits and advantages of being adequately prepared and staying prepared at all times.The introductory article of the series observed the following: during the first Advent God sent his messenger (prophet) John to prepare the way for Jesus. And John indeed had a message for them. His message was a call for individual and national renewal and the preparations needed to be ready to be directed and led by God Almighty Himself in all the vicissitudes and changes of life. Hence, Advent is about preparing our hearts and minds and homes to receive God’s supreme gift, Jesus Christ and to strive to live the way he desires. The best way to prepare for this important gift and event is repentance which means the change of heart, mind and conduct. This in turn means getting rid of evil in its myriad forms and holding fast to what is good. In other words, not to be overcome and ruled by evil but rather to overcome evil with good by thinking and doing those things that build up self, the family, community and the wider society.The particular emphasis of the series is on preparation. What then does it mean to prepare for someone or something important? The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines the word to prepare as the art of making someone or something ready to be used or to do something. It means “to make yourself ready to do something or for something you expect to happen”.The second article noted the following points: why is being prepared so important in life?  Someone has clearly and rightly said that if we fail to prepare we prepare to fail! The fact of the matter is that preparation is one of the key requirements for succeeding in life in general and in most endeavors. Preparations help one make use of the many opportunities and challenges that one encounters. It ensures success or at least the satisfaction of having done one’s best. Success should not always be the measure of one’s worth but rather giving one’s best in terms of preparation and doing one’s best in the face of a particular challenge or opportunity. If one does his/her part well and yet fails then, from a Christian perspective, God has something better in store. One must always prepare for the important things in life in order to take advantage of opportunities when they come and to experience the pleasure of having done one’s best in executing significant tasks.In the third article the following points were made: preparations of most kind involve three essentials: knowledge, skills and experience. To be prepared for any tasks or situations is to have the knowledge required to perform the task at hand or to face the situation confronting one or the expecting task or situation.In addition to knowledge, skills and experience, adequate preparations require two essential elements. These elements are discipline and persistence. The word discipline in a more general sense is the art of controlling and directing one’s mind, heart and body in a way that leads to self-control, obedience to what is right, just and fair in the sight of God and man. It is the training of the whole person in the attainment of positive results in life’s main goals.Persistence is the ability to hold on, keep pressing on, and doing all one can till the expected result is obtained. According to the Encarta dictionaries, persistence is “the quality of continuing steadily despite problems and difficulties”. Without persistence many of us would experience failures most of the time. We all meet or face many odds or challenges in our varied facets of life in the pursuance of big and small goals and objectives in life. Discipline and persistence derive from being focused on worthwhile goals and objectives in life. To prepare well is to pursue knowledge, skills and experience coupled with the virtues of discipline and perseverance.In short preparations give one the added advantage of being ready to make the most of the opportunities and challenges of life as they come and a sense of having done one’s best in given situations. It is a general truth that those who prepare themselves well before they are confronted with various circumstances and opportunities tend to do by far better than those who do not prepare but rather leave things to chance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ministry of Health asks for more money for Blood test machine

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Consultations on Health & Agriculture launched Related Items:appropriations committee, blood test machine, hon. john phillips, interhealth canada, ministry of health Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016 HOA Opens, slew of Health Bills on Agenda; Key questions to Border Control Minister Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Ministry of Health wants to tap into the contingency fund to buy a machine for the Blood Bank. During the Appropriations Committee meeting last week, it seems legislators on that Committee are poised to authorize the funding for the purchase of an immunoassay analyzer which will be set up in Providenciales and will be owned by the public. Currently, the Ministry of Health and Human Services says it is reliant upon and has access to the one blood testing machine at the TCI Hospitals ran by Interhealth Canada. Health officials are asking for $80,000 more in the health budget to buy the immunoassay machine. Among the questions put to the team from the Ministry making the request was one from Appropriations Committee member, Hon. John Philips who enquired about trained personnel; it was assured there is trained staff but that there would be a special session run on the specific machine when it is being installed after being purchased. last_img read more

Morgue Full five more killed over weekend

first_imgWith two armed gunman approaching and shooting, a man said to be standing outside his home on Derby Road, Nassau did not stand a chance – the man died in the incident around 8pm last night and two ran off said to be armed with handguns in that case.   Add to this, two police officers were shot answering a domestic dispute in Eastern Nassau.  The suspect is now caught and the shot gun is recovered; ACP Dean said one of his officers was seriously shot, the other with some injury.   Both are said to be stable in hospital.  #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Murders and Manhunts is what the weekend looked like in the capital of the country, where the leading destination is called Paradise… and the surging problems, while said to be statistically down, are proving that indeed crime is not political because successive governments have drawn scathing reviews on getting a handle on the crime rate and recidivism.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 13, 2017 – Twice this month, in the news, there has been alarm expressed and promise made about the inadequacy of the morgue in Nassau.  Over the weekend, there is new concern that the morgue is full of bodies still being processed as a result of deadly crime.   The information comes as the country grapples with five more killings over the weekend, five more Bahamian males snuffed out including a young teenaged-boy.  While Assistant Commissioner of Police, Stephen Dean, in speaking to media promised that the culprits would be caught and some suspects have been, and he informed that suspects would see court action today; focus is more on the loss of life and grief coming to so many families.  The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The teenager was shot on Friday night on Dale Park in Peardale.  Two men shot at a night club on Saturday morning, one died on the scene on East and Lewis Streets.  Two men shot at a party on Saturday night on Dean’s Street, off Nassau Street; one died at hospital. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more