Spiritual Practice


Hannah Beaven, 18

Just before graduation, I received a letter from a friend, who had told me he was writing thank you notes to his closest friends. I stashed the letter in my backpack to read later that night, expecting a reminiscing of memories from marching band and lunch and math class. What I found instead was a thank you for saving his life.

Unbeknownst to me, my friend had at one time been on the verge of committing suicide. He had driven to the river and was reaching into his trunk to get rope and dumbbells, when he received a text from me: “I’m still glad you were there.” A reminder that someone cared that he existed was all it took to change his mind. My friend got back into his car and drove away with a renewed sense of hope in his heart.

Words can bring death or life!
Proverbs 18:21 (CEV)

Most of us never stop to think about the effect our day-to-day interactions have on others. But our actions and words have the power to change someone’s life for better or for worse.


GIVE LIFE: Use every interaction wisely. Whether you are connecting by text, on social media, or in person, choose your words and actions carefully so that you embody the love and grace of Christ in all that you do.

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