I’m going to make a confession here … I’m comfortable around people who are a lot like me. I like hanging out with people who have similar hobbies, likes and dislikes. In fact, I find myself wanting to build relationships with people I consider “normal.” To be really honest, I also find myself uncomfortable around people who are very different than me.
Thankfully, this is one of the areas that God has been working in my life. He is showing me just how valuable those people are that I consider different. It’s people that I considered odd and sometimes down-right weird, that God want me to build a relationship with. I think that God loves pushing me out of my comfort zone and into the lives of people who are very different than myself.
Too often in the past, I’ve overlooked and neglected certain people because they weren’t like me. But the more I read my bible, the more I’m noticing that it was the outcasts and the strange people that Jesus hung out with. The socially odd people were the ones that Jesus befriended. And yes, as much as I hate to say it here today, if I want to be like Jesus (and I do!) then I must get out of my comfort zone and start building relationships with people different than me. I need to continue to seek out people who look, act and think different than myself.
There is no doubt that God loves the people I consider weird just as much as He loves me. In fact I know that I have yet to lay eyes on anyone God does not consider worthy of His love and grace.
Thankfully I’m learning that some of my most prized and valued relationships right now are with those who are very different than me. Some of the best relationships I have going in my life right now are the ones with those that others might see as a little weird, and what I’m finding is that it’s those relationships that are keeping my life interesting.
I’m committing today to stop overlooking those the world might find different and those that are different than me. Those are the very people that Jesus would have sought out. Besides, they’re probably looking at me and thinking, “You know, Trey’s about the weirdest guy I know and he needs my friendship.”
I’m glad God loves weird people like me too!