Spiritual Practice


Thomas Sullivan, 19 & Richard Lawton

As teens, we encounter quite a number of gray areas that are not specifically discussed in the Bible, which can leave us with little guidance. Some people say the culture has changed since biblical times, so the rules have changed too. Yet, when I am faced with a decision that is not talked about in the Bible, I ask myself one question: Will this action show my Christian character to others, or will it show others that Christians are worldly like everyone else?

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NRSV)

Matthew 5:16 reminds me that we are constantly being watched; we may show others the light of Christ, or we may appear to be like everyone else. The next time you face a tough decision without any clear guidelines in scripture, instead of going with the flow, think about how you are witnessing to the people around you and take the path that will most positively affect your witness.

—Thomas Sullivan, 19


REFLECT: Black and white are the colors of my favorite football team, but real life is often gray. My solution is to saturate myself in the life and teachings of Jesus. What would Jesus do? may sound trite, but it is a penetrating guideline. It doesn’t answer every question, but it leads us to stand with the suffering, to seek the loving way, and to take risks.

—Richard Lawton

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

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