Serving the Lord Doesn’t Always Mean Spreading the Word, It Also Means Doing Good Deeds.
Here is How (and why) to Be Prepared to Do Just That…
Imagine yourself driving down the highway at 70mph and witnessing a vehicle get sideways and roll over multiple times and there are no other cars around. What do you do? Keep driving? Stop and help? Scream? I’ve seen this happen…twice! Now I do have the technical knowledge and skill base to actually render the appropriate aid, but I am nothing without my tools. No one is anything without the right tools. This post is going to be about being prepared for any emergency so that you can help others in their time of need, there is no other selfless act greater than helping someone else in their time of dire need and not expecting a thank you.
As an Eagle Scout I have had emergency preparedness beat into my head over and over so much that it has become a subconscious process before I ever leave my house. Here is a list of items that I have in my car at all times, they live in the back of the car in a duffel bag, and I suggest you do the same. Ready? There is a lot…
All packed into a duffel bag…..
- Flashlight and Batteries
- Jumper cables
- Cold weather clothes
- Snow pants
- Extra coat
- Stocking cap
- First aid kit enough for four people
- Sleeping bag
- Emergency Triangle and beacon lights
- Leather Work Gloves
- Reflective vest
- Rope (500 feet)
- Food and Water
- Small tool set with vehicle specific tools
- Look around your vehicle and see what size sockets and wrenches you need and make your own set
- Pocket knife
- Duct tape (Blaze orange)
Is this a lot? Yeah it is. I have had all this stuff in my car for the past four years and have used every piece of equipment at least twice. This equipment is stuff that you can use on yourself too; say you get stuck in a snowdrift or blow a tire, now you have food and stuff to keep warm. This stuff is universally useful, and could sometime save your life or the life of a perfect stranger!
Stopping to help a stranded motorist, accident victim, or just a person who looks cold can provide you with a great sense of accomplishment, but aside from that it can also assure your survival should the worst happen to you. When people ask why I have it I ask them “if you were stranded and someone stopped, wouldn’t you want them to be prepared?” So why not be prepared yourself?
The Boy Scout motto states “Be prepared” and the bible says in Galations that helping others is the will of God,
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
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