Your Survival Preparedness and Facing the New Year

            Like many, you may be looking back on the year past and thinking ahead for the new year.  How’s your preparedness for survival coming along?


The fact that a number of previously predicted “doom and gloom” scenarios didn’t happen this past year doesn’t mean everything’s rosy now, but we’ve all got a little more time to plug away at those prepping efforts…At least we have today, and taking one day at a time is what we all need to do, while keeping one eye on the future.


            Donna Miller of Miller’s Grain House puts out an e-mail newsletter via Healthy Whole Foods, and recently she shared some thoughts on taking stock of whatever situation we find ourselves in.  I’ll summarize her main points and add my own spin.


            Taking stock isn’t merely checking over whatever inventory we have on hand.  But I’ll deal with those material things before delving into nonmaterial considerations.


            What survival supplies and gear do you have?  How long might various items last?  Is it time to rotate out foods and replace them?  Have your children outgrown clothing you may have previously set aside for them?  Do you have plenty of spare toiletry items?  It may be hard to come by the basics one of these days.


What about nonmaterial things, such as the individual skills of you and your family members?  Are there skills you’d like to learn?


What about personal relationships?  Do you have a support network on which you can call?  Are you there for others in need?


            How’s your health?  No kidding.  This is important.


            How’s your relationship to God?  Do you have one?  Or is He just “the Man upstairs?”  I’ll try not to get preachy or philosophical, but allow a couple of brief comments.


We need material supplies for day to day life, but ultimately this world is temporal.  No matter how great your will may be to live, and no matter what you believe your purpose or calling is in this life, nobody makes it out of this world alive, as the saying goes.


            While survival entails postponing death as long as possible, a key component of the survival mindset is being aware that we do indeed face it.  When you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you have the promise of eternal life in the future and confidence for today that God takes care of His own as only He can.


As you take stock in this new year, how ready are you?



He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.


– 1 John 5:12-13, the Holy Bible, King James Version



Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.