Spiritual Practice


Tim Aldridge, 18

I have always been strong willed. I’m not easily pressured into doing something that I don’t want to do. A lot of my friends have gotten into drugs. Most started at a young age, and now they think nothing of smoking a little pot on the weekend. I have always been against using drugs. I think how stupid people look, sitting around killing their brain cells for a little high to “free their minds.” I have always said “No” because I know that nothing good will come of using drugs.

Tell the young men to have self-control in everything.
Titus 2:6 (CEV)

My strong will is a blessing from God. Why am I not like my friends? Why do I care about the long-term effects of doing drugs? God gave me the gift of discerning right from wrong and the ability to make long-term decisions instead of living for the moment. I have asked God for wisdom, and God has helped me in many situations. I don’t know why God made me the way I am, but I am truly thankful and will not let God’s gift go unnoticed.


THINK ABOUT IT: Where do you draw the line? When your friends are doing what you think is wrong, who or what helps you to say “No”?

—from devozine (May/June 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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