Spiritual Practice


Sam Driggers & Elizabeth Mann

Pain comprises the walls that we build between God and ourselves. I hid my pain. I didn’t want the whole world to know my problems. I didn’t want anyone to know. I constructed a mask: an easygoing attitude and an unworried appearance. I faced all my challenges alone.

Eventually, I broke down. During this time, my youth pastor helped me see that the life of a Christian is not to be lived alone. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV). Sharing my pain and struggles with Christian friends encourages me immensely, makes me a stronger Christian, and helps to mitigate my challenges. Although opening up is hard, it is truly rewarding. Having a few good friends who walk with me in faith makes trusting them easier and strengthens our relationships through fellowship with the Lord.

Lord, help us to be open with you and one another about the struggles and challenges in our lives so that we all may become stronger in you. Amen.

—Sam Driggers, 17


You also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:3b (NRSV)

ACT ON IT: We are not meant to walk this life alone; but when we are hurt, scared, grieving, or angry, our first response may be to isolate ourselves. Instead, let’s surround ourselves with people who love us and remember that our greatest comforter is Jesus Christ.

—Elizabeth Mann, 21

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

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