Spiritual Practice


Matthew Brague, 19

I’ve been a Christian all my life. My parents raised me to believe that Jesus died for my sins and that I should love and follow him. Many of my friends have had incredible conversions in which they heard God speak directly to them or witnessed a miracle right before their eyes. For a long time, I worried that I was doing something wrong. I was afraid that I needed to have a stronger faith in order for God to be revealed to me as well.

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
2 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)

One day, a friend spoke in Chapel and talked about the same fear. Her speech had a tremendous impact on me because of three words: And that’s OK. She helped me to see that not having a dramatic conversion experience was OK and that God has, in fact, worked miracles in both our lives. God gave us loving, caring, faithful families who raised us to know God; we were blessed long before we realized it. She inspired me humbly to accept what God has given me and to be thankful for God’s blessings. I was comparing my faith to that of other people, all the while overlooking God’s obvious presence and blessings in my life.


THINK ABOUT IT: Reflect on your life. How has God blessed you? In what unique ways do you see God at work in your life?

—from devozine (January/February 2016). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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