Inseparable. Where Lexi was; Noelle was. School, sports, sleep-overs…whatever it was, they did it together.
At least last year. This year, things changed because Noelle changed. Stuff they thought was dumb last year was now important to her this year; popular kids, expensive clothes and “in” parties.
That was just the outside things. Noelle’s heart was different too. Being around the popular crowd was super important and that meant doing the stuff they did.
Knowing Lexi didn’t approve of things she was doing made Noelle not want to be around Lexi, breaking Lexi’s heart. She wasn’t judging Noelle, so why did Noelle have to feel this way?
In 1 Samuel 16:4, Samuel, God’s prophet to Israel, obeyed God…no matter what God said to do and the people knew it. When Samuel went into a city, the officials of that city felt uncomfortable. Why was Samuel coming? What would he say to them? Would he call them out on the sin in their lives? Samuel’s presence alone made them squirm.
This same scernio can happen to our kids. When they choose to live a life that pleases God, it’s going to make some people really uncomfortable. It’s not that our kids are judging others even. It is because light and darkness just can’t be in the same place at the same time.
This hurts; rejection always does. There is a price to pay for following Jesus, with benefits and blessings, but that doesn’t make it easy.
We need to encourage our kids that the benefits of peace, positive self-esteem, confidence and joy far out way the price of being on the outside of the in crowd.
Hug them; let them grieve their loss, and then encourage them that the Lord will reward them with his blessings as they continue to obey!
The winner of Monday’s post “What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?” by Edward Welch is lc at firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations! Please email me your full name and address and I will get it right out!