A Lesson Learned

I recently had occasion to remember and share a lesson I learned in the Navy and in my career at Procter & Gamble (P&G).

In the Navy, we trained hard all the time. The training was of two types. We trained on how to do things right. We also trained on what to do when things didn’t go right (fire, engine trouble, sickness, man overboard, etc.).

In my time at P&G, we spent a lot of time and effort planning for projects so they would go well, and everything would work as hoped. However, our planning was not complete until we did what we called a failure analysis – what could go wrong and what we would do if any of these possibilities occurred.

Out of that experience, I took away a simple principle – ‘Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.’

I believe this principle applies to my walk with Christ.

God’s word talks about things for which we can constantly hope – God’s faithfulness and love, what Jesus did through his crucifixion and resurrection, the presence of the Holy Spirit within, the surety of our eternal destiny with Christ.

Yet, God’s word also shows us that things will not always go well – we will suffer as Christ suffered, people will hate us, God will discipline us out of his love for us, etc. We are strangers living in a sinful and fallen world

So, when I’m facing something uncertain, I try to apply that principle of hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. No matter what will happen, I try my best to remember God’s love and promises and put my hope there.

Yet, I know things may not go as hoped and again, in preparation for the worst, I continue to put my hope in God’s love and promises.

One Comment on “A Lesson Learned

  1. We had a board full of yellow post-it notes they represented our plan for the project. We then had orange notes for our contingency plan. Made us do as you say and plan well but realize things could go wrong..

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