Yesterday during class, my good friend Chris Tallman gave a lesson about being left out. It made me think about the times we intentionally 0r unintentionally leave people out. And sometimes we don't even realize it. We often get caught up in our own little worlds and our own agenda and leave people (who we call friends) sitting on the sideline waiting for an invite, a conversation, or an ear. When we do realize it, we often make that person feel awkward. We try to bring them into the conversation and you can see in them, that they know you are just trying to be nice. Or we might be planning on going out to eat and you just wanted it to be the "cool kids" and then you realize they are standing there too and you invite them or you send them an invite 20 minutes later via text, so you won't feel guilty.
But how does it feel on the other side? How does the person who always gets left out feel? Do we ever think about them? Do we really even care?
We have "friends" that we need to keep from being "left out". We know who they are, but we just never take the time. And if we did take the time, we might find something great out about them, or we might even have the chance to share Christ with them!
While on earth, at sometime we will be faced with the disappointment of not being invited or not being included in the lives of our friends.... In 2 Peter 2:9, the scripture shows us that we are indeed selected by God: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.