Editor’s note: This week’s devotion comes from Blueprints for Life, a pocket-sized devotion book for men. With the book’s theme Bible verse of 1 Corinthians 3:11, the quick messages encourage men to find their foundation and support in the triune God. Don’t forget—CTA offers a variety of FREE resources (including a retreat outline!) to help you as you use the Blueprints for Life products in your ministry.

Some tasks call for a pencil. When you sketch out a plan, write a rough draft, or calculate a long list of numbers, you generally do it in pencil. You are apt to make mistakes. Your original work will probably require revisions. Unlike ink, pencils are erasable and errors are correctable.

Life should be composed in pencil. Mistakes are certain to occur and revisions are always going to be necessary. Outline your life, and you are certain to find your plans must change. Compose a rough draft for your future, and finish it just in time to begin revising.

God’s blueprints for your life are not like the script of a play delivered on the stage of life. He has not written every tiny detail in indelible ink. He wants you, as his dearly loved child to enjoy freedom and to grow up in using that freedom responsibly.

But God’s blueprints for your salvation are set down in permanent ink, the blood of Christ poured out for you on the cross. These plans have no need of revision. There is nothing tentative about them. His commitment to spending eternity with you is unchangeable.

The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:7–8 ESV).

Prayer Starter: Father, guide me as I grow . . .


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