Be prepared, get organized, either in preparation for something to happen or to fix something that is not running properly. In other words “get your act together”
HEAR, MY sons, the instruction of a father, and pay attention in order to gain and to know intelligent discernment, comprehension, and interpretation [of spiritual matters].
For I give you good doctrine [what is to be received]; do not forsake my teaching. -Proverbs 4:1-2
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live.
Get skillful and godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.
Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, and protect you; love her, and she will guard you.
he beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation)
Prize Wisdom highly and exalt her, and she will exalt and promote you; she will bring you to honor when you embrace her. She shall give to your head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to you.
Ducks in a row
Meaning: To have things in order.
Example: If you don’t get your ducks in a row, you will be replaced.
Origin: Baby ducklings swim in a straight line behind the mother duck. If the ducklings stray to far, the mother duck will get them back in line, that is get her ducks in a row.
Alternative: Contrary to popular belief this phrase has nothing to do with little yellow ducklings following their Mother duck all in a straight line. Landlubbers use the phrase to mean “get your business organized”, but sailors know that this expression comes from the boatbuilding trade. Unbeknownst to a lot of people, a “duck” is a great big thing, bigger than your car that is so heavy that it has to be moved with a crane, and has jaws that open to make it a giant vise. The U.S. Navy (when building a new ship) lines up a number of ducks with a laser bean so that they are absolutely straight in a line; then the beginning piece of the new boat (the keel) is clamped in. The ducks hold the keel perfectly straight so the ship will be absolutely square athwart and fore-an-aft when it is being constructed. And so the first thing that is done in shipbuilding is to “get your ducks in a row”. -Byron Burson.
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life shall be many.
I have taught you in the way of skillful and godly Wisdom [which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God]; I have led you in paths of uprightness.
When you walk, your steps shall not be hampered [your path will be clear and open]; and when you run, you shall not stumble.
Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, do not go on it; turn from it and pass on.
My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.
Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.
For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.