Spiritual Practice


Connor Douglas & Milea Schall

High school is a time for learning, having fun, and finding out who we are; but it is also stressful. I feel pressure to perform well in school, to get into college, to excel in sports. My parents have always been supportive of me, and I know they want me to succeed. Even though they aren’t pushing me toward a specific goal, I feel pressure to make them proud of me.

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)

When I feel overwhelmed, I ask God to comfort me and to make clear the plans God has for me. I feel better when I remember that God has a purpose and wants me to be a part of it. If you are feeling pressure to succeed, remember that you have been called to be a part of God’s plan. God has so much in store for you!

—Connor Douglas, 17


TALK TO GOD: Parents may be wise; but when their expectations seem unreachable, undesirable, or just plain unreasonable, talk to God. Seek advice from the one who knows your future. Then talk to your parents about how you feel.

Pray: Dear God, help me to seek out the path you have planned for me. Help me to do your will and to be obedient to you. Amen.

—Milea Schall, 20

—from devozine (November/December 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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