Spiritual Practice


David McCoy, 19

High school is an easy place to let darkness invade. When we get caught up with friends, joking around can quickly turn into sarcasm and insults. Complaining about our school or community can turn to hate. Most of the time, we pass off our negativity as harmless or even constructive; but when we place it against God’s example, we couldn’t be more wrong.

I once thought that positive people were lying to themselves, creating a fantasy land where nothing bad ever happened. I thought that being positive meant ignoring what was wrong with the world. I’ve since realized that negativity seldom develops into anything useful. My friends and I tried to fight against what we saw as bad in the world. I heard people complain about school, rules, friends, and teachers; but nothing ever changed.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Romans 12:2a (NIV)

If we invite God into our heart and truly believe that God can bring transformation, we have no reason to be pessimistic about life. Hope is not simply for starry-eyed dreamers; servants of God can make a difference in the world. Embrace optimism in your prayers and in your words and actions; build up the people around you. We don’t have to focus on the bad in life. Through God’s love we can change the world for good.


MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Hope in the Lord. See how God’s love can transform the world.

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

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