Spiritual Practice


Taylor Rudy & Kamilah Asafa

When I joined the high school varsity cheerleading squad, I felt pressure from the other girls to conform to the stereotype, to partake in the behavior of a popular high school girl, to become “normal.” Throughout my first year on the squad, I repeatedly asked God why moral behavior was no longer accepted as normal.

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:2 (The Message)

Standing up for God is challenging when we want to fit in but don’t want to give up our moral convictions. “Normal” should be giving our lives to God, not to the world. So yes, I am normal—maybe not to those who are of the world, but definitely to those who are part of God’s kingdom.

—Taylor Rudy, 18


IS IT OK TO BE DIFFERENT? Conforming is easy, but the scripture tells us to fix our eyes on God. The culture will drag us down, but God will lift us up. If “normal” is not pleasing to the Lord, then by all means, let’s be different. Ask yourself: Who determines what is normal for me? On what or whom are my eyes fixed?

—Kamilah Asafa

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

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