Always Ready! by guest blogger M.J. Johnston

Never Unprepared

Never Unprepared

If you had to choose between these two slogans:  “Never Unprepared” or “Always Ready”, which one would you pick?   For me, that’s easy.  I always prefer a strong, positive absolute statement, “Always Ready” over the double negative, “Never Unprepared”.  For some unknown reason, the Johnston clan from Scotland chose “Never Unprepared” and the Latin phrase, “Nunquam Non Paratus” is featured on our clan crest.

This has prompted an ongoing game in our family.  When a family member responds with a double-negative, I’m compelled to stop to change it to the absolute.   So, when asked, “How are you?” If a family member responds, “Not bad”, it won’t pass the muster.  I’ll respond with, “So, you’re great!”.  When my husband described a recent work activity as “Nothing went wrong”, I countered, “So, all went right!”  While a simple exercise, for me, it’s an important reminder to stay in the absolute.

One definition of ‘absolute’ is, “perfect in nature, complete, certain”.  These qualities: perfection, completeness and certainty, can be thought of as spiritual qualities.  They each represent attributes of God and, by seeing these qualities expressed in our everyday experience, it provides us with a glimpse of a more spiritual view of ourselves and others.  More than just displaying a sense of confidence and a ‘can-do’ attitude, it promotes health and well-being in one’s life.  By aligning thought with an expectation of good, God, we are better equipped to be “always ready” for whatever challenges we encounter.

Jesus was the master of being absolute in the face of challenges.  In the book of John in the Bible, a nobleman came to tell Jesus that his son was at the point of death.  Jesus responded definitively, “Go thy way, thy son liveth.”  At that same moment, the nobleman’s son was healed.  In the next chapter, Jesus encountered a man who had been unable to move for 38 years.  An understandable retort might have been, “Don’t just lie there!”, but rather, Jesus responded with the absolute statement, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”

Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, explains how these healings were possible, “Jesus beheld… the perfect man, where sinning mortal man appears to mortals.  In this perfect man the Savior saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.”  In short, Jesus was “always ready” to heal because his thought was on a spiritual level, not just saying, but knowing, understanding and demonstrating perfection, completeness and certainty.

So, how can we work to achieve that level of being “always ready”?  I recommend starting first thing in the morning.   What works for me is to acknowledge God’s readiness to bless me and all mankind.  One hymn I often recite begins, “This is the day the Lord hath made.  Be glad, give thanks, rejoice.”   It’s part of my daily preparation to be “Always Ready”.

Whether your preference is, “Never Unprepared” or “Always Ready”, the fact is, God is never unprepared and God is always ready.  Always know this, and you are always ready, too!

Johnstone Crest downloaded from google images

Mary Jane (“M.J.”) Johnston is a former executive with a Fortune 10 company and is now in the full-time study and practice of Christian Science. She and her husband live with their (2) sons and “Grandma J.” in Lutherville, MD.  M.J. enjoys outdoor activities and plays the bagpipes with a local band.




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