Back and Forth

a dialogue with readers

We hear a great deal these days about looking after our own interests. But there comes a time when we realize it's impossible to separate our own interests from our love of God and interest in others' welfare. It's a pretty basic lesson that we're all learning more of, and we thought our readers might be interested in a letter from a thoughtful college student who took the time to write to us about her own spiritual discoveries in this regard.

"I'm sending this letter in 'Thanks.' I've been lost, for what seems like forever, but really has only been weeks. I've been looking, searching for something but I didn't know what. ... I've been angry inside. The only person I've hated has been myself but I couldn't figure out why. I've been doing lots of things to please myself, but it's only brought momentary happiness.

"Since school started, I've gotten farther and farther away from God. ... It's real easy, too easy, to sleep in on Sunday morning. ... You become so busy that you start to believe you don't need God anymore or you just don't have time for Him. ... When you stop spending time with God, you stop living as He commands.

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From hand to hand
May 9, 1988

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