One thing that marks us as Christians is that we think long-term. That is, we've considered our eternal future, and we know it's secure in Jesus. But when it comes to our time on this earth, the path forward doesn't always seem so clear. Is your retirement secure? Who'll take care of the children if you're not around? And how can you wisely use the blessings God has given you--in your local church, and beyond. Those are big questions. And there is help.

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Dear Father, thank you for the plans you have for me. Even though I don't deserve anything but eternal punishment, you have given me the gift of eternal paradise with you--through the perfect life and innocent death of your son. . . .