Have you ever found yourself so caught up in the present that you forgot where you were headed in life? Sometimes we see this in our finances, present needs cause us to forget our larger life goals. Losing our vision for the future can also happen to us spiritually. This lost picture of God and the future God had for his people is what the prophet Joel was passionate about. The prophet Joel is convinced that part of being effective in the present is a clear picture of and hope for the future. This is a tremendous challenge to followers of Jesus, reminding us that taking our eyes off of our future hope leads to failure and lostness in the present. An effective life involves prepping for our future, which is what we will be talking about in this message.