I used to snub the younger girls at my Church. There were a few I’d spend a bit of time with, but generally speaking, I was so much more superior and grown up and they were not worth my time.
God really worked on my heart there – he showed me that I am not not not better than they are. I am only who I am by the grace of God. That’s it. God also showed me that this is a brilliant opportunity to love people; to be an example to these girls, to be someone they can trust and talk to, to be a friend, and to point them to Jesus.
So that next Sunday, I started hanging out with them – asking them questions, giving them hugs, smiling, listening, joking, and just being a friend. It took a little bit of patience, it took a bit of adjusting to on both sides of the spectrum, but I think it’s worth it. Now I love these girls – we have so much fun together, we joke around, and we can talk about God.
I’m so glad God didn’t leave me in my sinful state. And I am so glad he didn’t leave me in my proud, arrogant state of heart, because I’d have missed out on so much love between each other.