Spiritual Practice


Rachel Guerrero, 20

I was seventeen when I moved to America for college. Suddenly, I was far away from home and trying to adjust to American culture while struggling to keep up with fast-paced college classes. I missed my family and friends at home. I hadn’t wanted to go to college in the first place, but my parents convinced me to try it for a year. I was miserable. All I wanted was to go home.

Ready. Set. Go! Run the race of faith in Hebrews 12:1–2.

In my first semester, I read Hebrews 12:1–2. The phrase “run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1b, NRSV) popped out at me. I realized that the passage doesn’t say “run with perseverance whatever race you want to.” God sets a race before each one of us, God’s children, and calls us to run that race. I became convinced that God wanted me to attend college; so I made a commitment to run with endurance that particular race, however difficult it was.

It’s hard to believe that now I am graduating from college. Looking back over my college years, I am amazed at how God has worked in and through me, the most reluctant college student.


JOURNAL: What race has God set before you at this time in your life? How have you run it so far? How has God worked in and through you along the way?

—from devozine (May/June 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.

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