Spiritual Practice


Hunter McWhorter, 20

The day has come. I am leaving behind all my friends and loved ones. The question is this: How do I stay connected with them? I’m starting a new chapter in my life—I’m going away to college—but I want to keep all the chapters of the book connected.

My youth pastor told me that I needed to make a plan. As he suggested, I made a short list of about fourteen people I want to stay in touch with. Then, every two weeks, I give one day to each person. On some days, I simply send a text, saying, “Hey! Thinking of you.” I’m amazed to see how relationships grow as a result of simple gestures. I’m exploring with one of my friends what God is doing in our lives. Both of us look forward to the encouragement and closeness we give and receive by talking about our “God moments.” Staying connected with God and each other also helps us reach out to others. I challenge you to begin praying about the relationships in your life and how you plan to stay connected.


In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 12:5 (NIV)

START NOW: Before you leave to begin a new chapter in your life, practice staying connected. Strengthen friendships now by bringing God into the conversation.

from devozine (July/August 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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