The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Often…It’s All About The Preparation

Bible Character: Esther

“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me.  Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day.  I and my maids will fast as you do.  When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.  And if I perish, I perish.  Esther 4:16

Many know that Queen Esther was going to appeal to the king that he not kill all the Jews.  One interesting aspect of this passage is how important the meeting preparation was.

As leaders, why is preparation so important?

It’s Like Painting a Room

Many of us have had the joy of painting a room in our house.  If you haven’t, let me inform you, the hard work is in preparing the walls before you actually paint.  It’s a tedious exercise of carefully protecting everything that is important by scraping, taping, and fixing the room.  The preparation of the room often takes longer than the actual painting, which is the fun part.

Why do we do this?

Most remarkable work is accomplished through good preparation.  Whether it’s an important conversation we need to have with a staff member, a critical presentation for a meeting, or a long term strategy that needs to be implemented…often all is won or lost in the groundwork.

Abraham Lincoln said it best, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.”

Good preparation is not easy.  Look at Esther; she was fasting before her meeting.  What’s not documented in the biblical text is was what she was doing instead of eating.  Was she praying? Organizing her thoughts? Seeking advice?  Whatever it was, I would assume it had a lot to do with the success she had during her meeting with the king.

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