Spiritual Practice


Tucker Alford, 19

In our culture, teenagers are expected to look cool, to act cool, and to have the newest things. Living simply is hard for us, especially with the lure of cell phones, computers, and social media.

Recently, I was at Waffle House with my friends; and every single person at the table was on Twitter or Instagram. From church to school to home, everyone seems to be on their phones, on the Internet, or on social networking sites.

Let us throw off everything that hinders.
Hebrew 12:1b (NIV)

We have too much stuff clouding our relationships. Living simply and creating moments to remember are keys for successful relationships. I think we need to put away our electronics and to spend more time with God and one another.


ACT ON IT: The next time you are out with your friends, turn off your phone and focus on strengthening your relationships.

—from devozine (November/December 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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