Make us near-sighted; help us to be earthly-minded enough to be earthly good. Help us to pay close attention to the problems of this day and age so that we might contribute to the solutions. Help us to pay close attention to the opportunities of this day and age so that we might take full advantage of them. Help us to pay close attention to the people who are here with us so that we might be true friends of theirs, true servants to them, and true partners with them.
Make us far-sighted; help us to be heavenly-minded so that we can be even more earthly good. Help us to keep our hearts and minds set on eternity so that we can bring eternal truths and realities into the here and now. Help us in our earthly pilgrimage to live in light of our heavenly citizenship. When it comes to the problems and challenges besetting all of the residents of this planet, help us even as we deal with short-term situations to work toward long-term solutions. Help us in our approaches to the problems of society and of the world to think not of ourselves but of our children; help us to think not only of our children but of our descendants who will live in a time so distant that we can barely imagine it.
Help us, O God, simultaneously to see up close and to see far away. Then lead us to act in light of what you let us see.