Recently, I started back working out at the gym. I’m not as young as I once was, but I still enjoy playing sports. The other day I went out to play a game of pickup basketball. It was pretty obvious to me that the young guys had no plans of putting this old man on their team. I left that evening never having played a game, but most of all remembering what it feels like to not be picked. No, I didn’t go home and cry tears on my pillow, but God did use this to remind me what everyone on earth is feeling deep within.
#1: NO ONE WANTS TO BE LEFT OUT.
I observe many people (adults included) who are not mindful of those around them. All they seem to care about is getting higher up the ladder and in the game themselves. Nothing could be further from what God would have us to do. God’s will is that we always be mindful and sensitive of the thoughts and feelings of others. It’s called the golden rule which was created by Jesus who said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I don’t care what you’re doing you should always seek to be as inclusive as possible. The opposite of this would be called Selfish.
#2: NO ONE WANTS TO FEEL WORTHLESS.
Our job as God’s ambassadors is to come along side, encourage, and inspire those around us to understand just how crazy God is about them. God created you, formed you in your mother’s womb, and God doesn’t make accidents or junk. Making people feel like they don’t measure up, aren’t good enough, and below your level does nothing to make this world a better place. Doing this only makes that person feel worthless, when they are indeed priceless in God’s eyes.
#3: NO WANTS TO NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Many people will do many things they would not otherwise do just to feel loved and accepted by others. They just want to fit in, be normal, and most of all feel accepted by others. Unfortunately, many people create clubs and clicks that are for certain members only. God wants us to love people just the way they are, unconditionally, with no strings attached. God never operates out of favortism and neither should we at anytime. If you like to be selective in who you accept into your made up club, shame on you. I pray you’ll consider the impact it has on so many.
I do have great news for all who at some point will feel left out, worthless, or not accepted. God loves you just the way you are. God sent his only son Jesus to die on a cross because your soul is priceless to him. My friend, if you choose to accept God’s grace and believe in Jesus as your Savior, God will gladly accept you into His kingdom.
“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son. That whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16