None of them would speak to me. When I sat down next to them in class or in the lunchroom, they got up and moved. At first I thought they were pranking me, but I had been friend-dumped. And I was angry about the reason. A few weeks earlier, I had befriended a new girl, Haley. My friends decided they didn’t want Haley joining our squad and thought the best way to prevent that was to cut me out of the group.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)
Their rejection stung, but I was doing something I believed in by reaching out and showing God’s love to someone who needed a friend. Just a few years before, I had been the new girl, and my friends had invited me into their world. I didn’t understand the double standard.
I continued to be friends with Haley. I also continued to extend friendship to those who had given me the cold shoulder. Although it took them a few weeks to figure out, my friends finally realized how cool Haley was and how thoughtless their actions had been. We were tight the rest of high school.
CONSIDER: How do you and your squad welcome new members? How can you set an example by reaching out to others who need a friend? Ask God for the courage to be honest and open and for the patience to be a true friend.