Spiritual Practice


David McCoy, 19

I couldn’t go a week without hearing a classmate harping on my friend for every misdeed she’s rumored to have done. When I met her, I didn’t know about her past. She had a bright smile, a bubbly personality, and a lot of great ideas. I enjoyed her company; but if I mentioned her name around other people, the conversation got nasty.

I never cared to dig into why people were so upset with her, because their observations seemed shallow. She had enough problems at home; she didn’t need more trouble at school. I made a point of steering conversations away from negative rumors about her past to the good she was doing now.

Mercy triumphs over judgment.
James 2:13b (NIV)

We honor God when we use our words to build people up. To hear people putting down my friend was not only offensive to her and to me, but also insulting to God. How can we dare to shame other people, God’s creations, when we all have the unlimited capacity, through our Creator, to do good and to love one another?


PRAY PSALM 19:14 (NRSV): Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

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

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