If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.
In the above quote from Woodrow Wilson, his point is obviously that the shorter amount of time you are allotted, the more pointed and practiced you must be. You have one shot to influence the audience; make it good. This caused me to think: what about Sunday sermons, Sunday School/Small Group lessons, and the like?
There is no more important task than communicating God’s Word. And as church leaders, we have a limited time each week to do that. We may speak longer than 10 minutes, but the principle is still applicable. I hope that we place the same amount of importance on preparation that Wilson did to his 10 minute speeches. His speeches involved important subjects; ours involve eternal ones.
How much time do you spend preparing each week?