Spiritual Practice


Milea Schnall, 21

In high school, my best friend and I shared a habit: healthy eating. As members of the cross country and track teams, we were expected to be in shape year-round. However, we went above and beyond what was required. We ate healthy foods, researched and tried new recipes, and talked about new food discoveries. As a result, our running improved and our friendship grew. Our mutual commitment to healthy eating bound us together and enabled us to strengthen each other.

Walk with the wise and become wise.
Proverbs 13:20a (NIV)

In much the same way, our relationships with other Christians give us encouragement and motivation to live for God. Proverbs 13:20 tells us that we become wise by walking with other people who are wise. We become stronger in our faith when we hang out with other devoted Christians.

Sticking to a healthy diet is easier with a friend. Christian living is no different. Keeping our eyes on God is easier with a friend or a group of friends. We can feed on each other’s spiritual energy, challenge each other, talk about ideas, tell stories of faith, and get excited about what we believe. Spending time with other Christians is a great way to recharge our faith and to continue a healthy relationship with God.


PRAYER: Dear God, help us to develop deeper relationships with Christian friends, so that we can motivate one another to live in devotion to you. Amen.

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

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