A phrase a week (13)

Hello. Last week I looked at the phrase do/try  your bestIf we’re honest with ourselves, few of us would say we’ve really done our best, so, for most people this is just aspirational, a target to achieve if you like. What’s more, however hard we may sometimes try, we know that effort won’t always guarantee a positive outcome. Thus, to avoid being disappointed or becoming too anxious we prepare for the worst. A proverb that goes back to early eighteenth century goes: „Hope for the best and prepare for the worst”. In other words, we should be optimistic but also ready to meet trouble and difficulties when the arise. Here’s an example: „When I took that exam, I hoped for the best and prepared for the worst.”

I’ll close with a line from Eugene H. Peterson, a paraphrase of a verse from the Book of Proverbs : „Do your best, prepare for the worst – then trust God to bring victory.”

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