I am a Christian, but I am also a "prepper".
I often hear other Christians saying "I don't need to prep, because if anything happens, I'm going to be with God anyway".
I agree with the sentiment, but do not agree with the logic. If something happens, I am going to be with God, you're absolutely right.
But what if it doesn't?
What if you survive? Are you prepared for that?
Further, how bad will God allow the world to get before He comes back to rapture out His Church?
We live in a wild world right now. 2020 has sent the world through the ringer many times over, and, if you ask me, His return is right around the corner. But how much further will it go?
We have survived World War 3, coronavirus, Kim Jong Un faked his death, Donald Trump got impeached, protests/riots, murder hornets, extreme weather, supply chain disruptions, lockdown, and more. We have survived things that NO ONE could have expected.
Were you prepared?
Now, when I talk about "prepping", I don't mean in the extreme sense of the word. I'm not prepping for zombies, I don't have a bunker, and I'm not stocking up massive amounts of weapons. I am focused on the practical things that I need in order to survive.
When the entire world was freaking out and buying toilet paper, I was able to laugh at them from my house, because I already had it covered. When people were getting hurt in riots, I just went over my plan in my head.
There is very little that the current world can throw at me without me being able to roll with the punches and keep going.
Also, you need to know what you're preparing for. You could be preparing for a total grid destruction, or you could prepare for something less catastrophic, such as a job loss. It's good to be prepared for any occurrence, but those two situations require completely different equipment and strategies.
With that said, here are some of the things that I have prepared:
1. My BRAIN: I know it's cliche, but prepping starts in your head. Do you know what to do in certain situations? If you see a protest up ahead, what do will you do? If the rioters come to your door, what will you do? If the grocery store closes its doors for good, what will you do? Make the plans in your mind. Also, do you know how to use your equipment? You might have bought a gun to protect yourself, but do you know how to use it? You carry a first aid kit, but do you know how to address most first aid situations? Have you practiced?
It isn't enough to KNOW things. Sure, you read about how to do something, you might know, theoretically about it. But have you DONE it? Do you know for sure that you are capable? When is the last time you did that thing? most skills are not permanent, they have to be trained and practiced in order to be refreshed.
Also, how resilient is your mind? Do you get depressed easily? If things aren't going your way, do you adapt or do you get mad and rage? Work on cultivating a mindset that can handle any situation. As I said before, it was impossible to predict the events that we have seen this year so far. But with an Uncommon Mindset, it becomes possible to work with the things God has given you to keep a level head in any situation.
2. First Aid Kits: Notice the "s" on there, because I have many. I have 2 major ones at my place, I have a portable one in my car, and a lifeguard-style fanny pack one that can be easily carried if need be. I have made all of them by putting things together that I know how to use, and that are practical. Gauze, tape, bandages, wraps, gloves, neosporin, and a CPR mask are some of the things that I have in them.
3. Bug Out Bag: Sometimes, it becomes necessary to move from one location to another, and quickly. When speed is a necessity, it is important to be ready, and have everything you need already prepared. My bag includes extra clothes, a knife, firestarters, first aid kit, etc. It's light enough to carry, but still has everything I might need, just in case.
4. Cash: In the instance where you need to get something right away, but can't get to the bank, you'll be glad you have cash on hand. I keep a $100 bill hidden in my wallet, where I don't see it enough to want to spend it, but I remember it if I need it. This has helped me on a handful of occasions. It also wouldn't be a bad idea to keep a good amount of cash at your house. Some people save coins, some people save paper money, but if anything ever happened and the bank is not easily accessible, it's important to have cash available.
5. Weapons: Firearms, knives, bow and arrows, it doesn't matter. These can be used for intruders, hunting, and protecting your family from harm. It is important to have them, but more important to train with them. Make sure you know what you are doing. Also, make sure you stay up to date on the laws. If you're going to carry a weapon, it would be in your best interest to do so legally, as not doing so could cause a plethora of unnecessary problems for you and your family.
6. Car: Most people have a car, but is it equipped for survival? Does it have a first aid kit in it? Do you keep gas in the tank, or do you let it run out? Do you know how to change a tire? Does it have enough space for your whole family to get in, or do you junk up the back seats? Have you kept up the maintenance of the car, or is it liable to break down? These are all things to stay on top of should you need your car to get somewhere, or away from somewhere.
7. Family: Is your family up to date on what the plan is? Can they make decisions for themselves, should you get separated? Have you established a meeting place where everyone should go if something were to happen? Making sure your family is ready to do their job is essential to your success.
8. Cashflow: in any instance short of total grid shutdown, it's important to have cash coming in. Doesn't matter if you lose your job, your house, your car, etc... Incoming cash is essential. Find a way to get paid on your own, rather than having to rely on someone else for income (I recommend Joe Hart's Products for Profit)
Finally, no matter what earthly situation you might prep for, it's important to keep your focus on what God has in store for you. No matter what happens, the ultimate preparedness is being ready to meet the Creator and being able to hear the words "Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter in." If you aren't sure what is going to happen when you pass on, feel free to send me a dm on twitter.