Spiritual Practice


Sierra Klotz & Elizabeth Mann

Growing up, I had a high opinion of my parents and was always ready to defend them. Yet, as I got to know my parents better, I learned that they were not perfect. Pointing out their flaws would have been easy, but I tried to remember that I was not perfect either and to imitate the pattern of forgiveness they had shown me. Now, as I begin to develop my own beliefs and values, I realize that my parents and I are not identical. I disagree with them on certain issues. We’re different, and that’s OK.

Despite our differences and imperfections, I still have a high opinion of my parents. They poured their time and resources into me and encouraged me to be the best person I could be. They have never given up on me and have always done their best, despite their imperfections.

—Sierra Klotz, 19


Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you.
Deuteronomy 5:16a (NRSV)

REFLECT: Parents make mistakes. Even so, God uses them to help us grow in wisdom and to become stronger people. Parents encourage and guide us. Without my parents, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Sometimes life gets messy or tempers flare, but I know that they love me and want the best for my life. Even though we don’t always see eye to eye, I honor and respect them. When I do, I learn to respect and obey God.

—Elizabeth Mann, 21

—from devozine (May/June 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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