If you have ever witnessed the beginning of a 100 yard dash, you will notice all of the participants stretching just before the start of the race. After finishing these numerous exercises, the runners will approach the starting blocks to prepare to run this grueling race. Just before the starter fires his gun, he will ask, “runners are you ready?” You will notice the runners shaking their arms and legs to loosen up. The starter will say “On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!” These words apply not only to racing but life. The more we are prepared for what we will face in life, the better we will be able to run the race that is set before us. ON YOUR MARK means that we should be aware of our goals. You will need to set realistic goals. Embrace the challenge of never settleling for mediocrity. Never look for the easy way out. Know where you’re going, but more importantly, know how you’re going to get there. GET SET means that we need to be prepared. You must be prepared for the victories as well as the defeats. You need to prepared for the good times as well as the not so good times. Prepare yourselves for some setbacks and disappointments. They will come! But more importantly, be prepared to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity. Always remember that in this life there we be only so many opportunities that will knock at your door. Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Make sure you are prepared. Finally, GO! If you have SET YOUR MARK and established realistic goals; if you have SET and are prepared, then GO! Go on to success. Remember that the race is not given to the swift, but to those who perservere. If you can believe, you can do it. Remember “If God be for you, who can be against you.” So, ARE YOU READY?