Back to School


Every person’s life tells a story. Sometimes our lives—quite unexpectedly—become part of God’s larger narrative.

The potential is there at any time, in any moment.

Prepare yourself now for what you may least expect—for the voice of God to join with yours in telling the story that is your life.


By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.

Hebrews 11:8


Dear Diary,

Have you ever been to the first day at a new school and you didn’t know one end of the building from the other? Everyone else knew their way around, but you never asked for directions because you didn’t want to seem like a doofus, and they all hurried past you on their way to class. So you gritted your teeth, prayed “God, please help me find my class,” and just started walking.

Abraham knows what that’s like. That’s right. One day God said, “Abraham, go.” And Abraham got up and went—even though he had no idea where he was going! He must’ve been as scared as a freshman wandering into the cafeteria on the first day of high school, but because he went anyway, Abraham is considered the father of Judaism and a great hero of our faith.

Steve Cothran


Good Shepherd, I know you will lead me today down the right paths and beside still waters—exactly where you want me to be. Just like our Father Abraham, give me the faith to follow you. Amen.


It’s easy to think you are alone, that no one else experiences life like you do.

But go now into your day knowing this: God has not left you alone, and your struggles are much the same as everyone you know and those you don’t know.

God understands. God accepts you. And God is leading the way.