Here we are on the precipice of summer. Are ya excited? Are you bummed? Or are you not exactly sure how you feel? I was excited last week, bummed this weekend, and now unsure of everything. Internet fist pump if ya relate.
Have you ever noticed that new cliques seem to merge together right on the eve of summer? Let’s talk about it.
Summer can be an exciting time. Vacations, parties, bonfires, festivals, it’s all set up to be spectacular, yeah? But what about the single pringles? The random people who somehow find themselves standing on the outside of the newly formed clique. Has this ever happened to you?
The cliques form almost instantaneously. You don’t even realize it has happened until you’re the only one not invited. Not being included in plans isn’t so bad, because you don’t know until much later that all your friends were hanging out without you. HOWEVER, thanks to social media, the sting of being left out is a little harder to avoid.
You know what I’m talking about. Pictures and tagged statuses of inside jokes erupt on Facebook. The worst part is when you knew the event was happening, you just didn’t know when. And your friends told you they would let you know… But they never did.
Can I just speak to my fellow single pringles for a second? I know it’s not easy when you feel yourself being pushed out of your group, so let me encourage you, yeah? Ya ready?
These are just a few things God has really been showing me lately, and I hope they help you as much as they have been helping me.
First of all, realize that when it feels like you’re being left out, God is setting you apart for something GREATER. You may not know what that greater is just yet, but it does not mean it’s not there. God has an incredible, uniquely beautiful plan for your life. He is setting you apart for a reason.
Secondly, maybe your evenings are suddenly free because He is pleading for time with you. Use those lonely nights to dig into the Word and allow God to renew your spirit.
Just because you feel left out, does not mean God has forgotten you. Just remember, when you’re down to nothing, God is up to something! He’s moving on your behalf! Trust Him!
And don’t you dare pull the whole, “Oh, I’m being pushed out because I’m not good enough.” If that is truly the reason, then they aren’t really your friends. And you don’t need people like that in your life.
And finally, this one can be the hardest for us to remember sometimes: When you go from having all the friends in the world to only One, but that One is Jesus, you have all you need. Even if the entire world turns its back on you, He never will. He loves you, and He walks with you through every single day.
Being left out is one of the worst feelings in the world, but know that He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. You are not walking through this alone.
You are loved. You matter. You are NOT forgotten.
Keep hoping. Keep loving. And keep trusting. God will see you through. He’s got this.
Xo — Britt