Ready, Aim, Fire
In the world of competition shooting, I have heard these words over and over again. These three little words inform me of three things. Firstly, “Ready,” tells me to load my gun and make myself ready to compete. The second, “Aim,” to identify my target and home in on it. And lastly, “Fire,” means that I am allowed to shoot.
For me to do my best in competitions, firstly my gun must be sighted in correctly, which means putting it into a stable position, usually on a rest of some description and adjusting my sights until they are right on the mark. Then comes the hours of practice, practice, and more practice. It’s not good enough to point in the general direction of the target and hope for the best. In the movie “The Patriot,” Mel Gibson instructs his sons, “Aim small, miss small.” In my experience, I have found this to be true. The more I pinpoint where I want to hit, the more likely I am to hit it, and when I don’t, I’m not far from it.
These three little words can be applied to everything we do, or plan to do in life. What are we getting “Ready” for in life? Is our “Aim” on what we want to do? “Fire” - are we doing what we aim to do? Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I encourage you to take some time and find out what plans God has for your life. Then start to “Ready” yourself, make adjustments in your life to keep your “Aim” on the target, and finally “Fire” yourself into those plans.