Spiritual Practice


Zach Strong, 18

I can celebrate many things in my life. I have a loving family, a healthy body, good friends, and an awesome college education lined up. Generally, I focus on the good things in life and ignore the bad. But sometimes, I have trouble blocking out the struggles, especially when I am playing sports. Losing is always tough on me because I take personal responsibility for the loss. I have to remind myself that the Lord has blessed me with a fully-functioning body and that whether we win or lose, the main goal is to praise God.

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

When I have trouble seeing the things in life that are worth celebrating, I often turn to God’s word. Whenever I feel down, my pick-me-up is Psalm 16:11. The world may cause us some displeasure; but if we remember that the God of the universe has laid out a path for us, we can trust that in God, we will find joy, pleasure, and peace beyond all of our wildest dreams.


JUST A THOUGHT: “Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know everything happens for a reason.” —Albert Schweitzer


—from devozine (March/April 2016). Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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