Spiritual Practice


Leah Bryan & Levi Himes

When I first met my college roommate, she seemed sweet, quiet, clean—the perfect match for me. Thank you, God, I thought. This will be a piece of cake! A week later, my prayer was a bit different.

As my roommate became more comfortable, she began to show her true personality. She talked non-stop about boys, work, clothes, money, food. She didn’t help clean the room or pick up supplies. She stayed up late, listening to loud music and playing computer games or giggling at Facebook quips. In silent frustration, I prayed, God, please give me patience; she is driving me crazy!

Discover the qualities of Christian love in 2 Peter 1:5–7.

I wonder if we are annoying to God. When we gossip, lie, cheat, or disobey, God doesn’t get angry and yell at us. God shows compassion, forgives us, and offers us second chances. God’s love is unconditional. I pray that ours can be too.

—Leah Bryan, 20


A CHANCE TO GROW: My roommate and I are complete opposites. He goes to bed early; I go to bed late. He gets up early; I cherish every minute of sleep. I’m organized; he isn’t. One day, a friend explained to me that sometimes God puts opposites together so that they will strengthen one another. Since then, I am looking at this situation as an opportunity to grow in patience, peace, kindness, service, understanding, and unconditional love. What difficult relationship might be a chance for you to grow?

—Levi Himes, 20

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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