Coby Shelton, 20

During my eighth grade track season, I became good friends with a guy who had a heart of gold. He was also mischievous, and I was easily influenced. During lunch one day we poured chocolate milk all over the rear door of our rival team’s bus. We thought we were being sneaky, but later that day the principal called me to his office and suspended me from the next few track meets.

Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.
Ephesians 5:8-9 (NRSV)

I learned a valuable lesson: I needed to care about the people I chose as friends. In high school I started to take my faith more seriously, and I began to change. I no longer wanted to be in the party crowd. I knew what I was “missing” because I still heard all the stories. But now I could see myself through God’s eyes; I knew right from wrong. I’m forever grateful for a tough lesson that helped me discover the true joy of missing out.




THINK ABOUT IT: Are your closest friends helping you to be more like Christ? Ask God to help you walk in the light so that your life might be a light for others.

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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