2 Kings 4:6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
What you succeed in is what you have prepared for. Do not allow a lack of preparation to cut your success short.
The importance of adequate preparation was taught in 2 Kings 4 in the story in which Elisha told The widow to borrow as many vessels as she can from her neighbours. After the woman did as she was told, she closed the door behind her and started to pour oil in vessels so that in the end she could sell the oil and pay off her debt. When the vessels that she had gathered were full, the woman told her son to go fetch more vessels, however, he reported to her that all the vessels that they had gathered were now full and instantly the oil stopped flowing. The lesson that you can draw from this story is that your success over any period is limited by the level of your preparation. The woman only had X vessels so her success lwill limited to X. If she had prepared X+5 vessels, her success would have been X+5. She cut her success short.
Whatever the field that you operate in, it is important to note that the person, team or business that wins are typically the ones that are most prepared. The purpose of adequate preparation is to help you to produce more and operate at higher levels of excellence. You do yourself a disservice if you fail to prepare; let nothing hinder your preparation.
Life Application: Adequately plan ahead at all times to be more successful in your endeavors.
Prayer: Lord, I see the effects of not planning things on numerous occasions. Help me to plan ahead with your directions for more fruitful results. In Jesus name, amen.