One of the goals that our stake leaders made for 2009 was for each family to become more self-reliant. So, as we made our family goals for the new year, we decided that one Monday night a month for family home evening, we would focus on something that could help our family be more self-reliant. Now we already have an emergency first-aid kit. Granted, most of the stuff in it expired before Joshua was born. So we tackled that project first.
There are many lists of emergency first-aid kits available online, but we followed the one available here at providentliving.org. With the kids' help, we put everything in our Rubbermaid box, taped basic emergency first-aid directions to the inside cover, and made sure it wasn't too heavy for Sam if we needed him to grab it from the linen closet in a hurry. This isn't something we will ever use, except in the case of an emergency.
Now, I don't think the world will end tomorrow. But my church leaders, who I love and trust, have asked us to have some things available in case of extreme emergency. As we were talking to the kids last night, we also touched on something else: being prepared in an emergency can also bless the lives of those around us. For example, our sweet neighbors who the kids love so much. Or the wonderful lady across the street with 3 little ones and a husband TDY until September. Our first aid kit could not only be of assistance to us, but to them also.
Yes, this will be a blessing of obedience, in one way or another.