In the Christian liturgical calendar, today is the celebration of the Baptism of Jesus. I believe the most important thing to take away from Jesus’ Baptism is that preparation is required for every important spiritual task. No matter our religious or spiritual affiliation, there are foundational practices that are part of the spiritual journey. There are no short cuts, no CDs we can order that will allow us to skip what needs to be done. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.