By Patrick Hawthorne
I’m a survivalist. No…not the build an impenetrable fortress in a quest to survive the zombie apocalypse, type survivalist. I’m more of your practical survivalist. I guess you could say that I’m an old school survivalist. My quest is to learn from those who didn’t have all the modern conveniences that we have today, mainly electricity or running water.
No, I’m not a glutton for punishment. I’m just fascinated by those who live by the code, “Invention is the mother of necessity.” For instance, as a self-proclaimed backyard chicken, pig, and goat officiato, I need to know how to take care of the critters in the event that all electricity and/or water services are disrupted for any extended period of time. It’s easy to supply them with fresh water when the services are working, but what about when it is down for a couple of weeks. What do you do then?
Having been in emergency services for almost thirty years, I know from experience that trying to formulate a plan after all hell has broken loose is like watching a dog chase its own tail; you just run keep running round and round in circles going nowhere. Furthermore, you get absolutely nothing accomplished except getting tired and dizzy. Therefore, in my humble opinion, advanced preparation is the key to developing a successful survival plan.
For your viewing pleasure, I have included the top three survival necessities from my emergency contingency “Prep Kit Plan,” that I am currently employing in order to ensure I am adequately prepared for life’s unforeseen situations. This list might just surprise you.
#1 – I tithe. (Prepper 101 Insurance Policy)
In Malachi Chapter Three, God gives a guaranteed promise to those who tithe. His promise is to personally rebuke the devourer for the tither’s sake. Who is the devourer? It is the devil whose mission is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He can’t do too good a job at killing, stealing, and destroying if God is standing in his path, now can he?
For more information on tithing please see my post, “Why I Tithe and Give Offerings.” https://servinggrace.com/2015/03/18/why-i-tithe-and-give-offerings/
#2 – I’m a Giver
Someone once said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” That is the absolute truth. As a matter of fact, the Bible says, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38 NIV.) Now, if that ain’t an eye opening survival tip, I don’t know what is.
#3 – I help others.
Our commission is to go into the entire world, not hide up in a hole somewhere. Love is an action word. If you want to be a successful survivalist, you MUST become a servant to others and to show them Jesus in you. For more information about helping others, see #2 above. If that don’t make you smile, see #1.
So, there you have it. Those are my top three tips for becoming a successful survivalist. I would include tip #4, but them neighborhood associations get all cranky when talk turns to building pig pens. Be blessed, ya’ll.