Daily Reading: Luke 1:60-61

Big Idea This Week:
If you don’t set your priorities, then someone else will.

Questions to think about:
“I know the plans I have for you … plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Some years ago the well-known author James Michener wrote a book called The Drifters. It’s a story about young students traveling aimlessly through Asia and Europe, drifting from one day into the next, without plan or purpose. Lots of people today are drifters too. Even if you have everything life has to offer, you can feel unfulfilled and without purpose, drifting from one day to the next. Or maybe you feel as if you’ve been cut adrift. For example, maybe you’ve lost your job and you don’t see much of a future. Or maybe you’ve lost your spouse through death or divorce, and you feel as if you’ve reached the end of the road. Or maybe you just retired and you feel as if you’ve been put on a shelf. Or perhaps you’re permanently disabled and you’re not sure how you can go on. If you’re feeling adrift for one reason or another, take heart from God’s words to us through Jeremiah: “I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and … to give you hope and a future.” God does not want us to drift through life. He has a purpose and plan for each one of us.

Remember that decisions are always easier when you’ve already made them. Ask yourself, “What does God have in mind for me? And how does God want to use me today so I can have hope and a future?”

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