Spiritual Practice


Melani McLean & Rebekah Gardea

Behind a curtain,
I contrive what I should be.
on the two extremes:
too much and not enough.
Logical fallacy I know;
but still
I want to be beautiful,
I want to be refined and respected,
I want to be anyone but me.

Where’s the balance
between humility and love?
that my flaws are meant to be
is one thing to know, another to act.
I struggle
with the concept of grand design,
with the culture that rules the day,
with the person I want to be.

This is the goal I’ve set for myself:
To name God with every breath.
Where differences seem to lie,
I am not perfect but I’m perfectly me.
Made with love, I am complete.
That’s all I’ll ever need.

—Melani McLean, 17


The word perfect comes from a Greek word that means “complete,” which is what Jesus calls us to be:
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:48 (NIV)

REFLECT ON ROMANS 12:2: As teenagers, we will do almost anything to show others that we are different, unlike anyone else. Yet, we try so hard to act like everyone else. If we, as people of faith, truly are different, then let’s have the courage not to “conform to the pattern of this world” but to be transformed by God!

—Rebekah Gardea, 14

—from devozine (September/October 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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