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JESUS’ FRIENDS

Anna Solomon & Samantha McCrabb

In middle school, I was comfortable in my girl group and oblivious to anyone else. I spent a lot of time cultivating friendships. I’m a senior now, and I haven’t spoken to my “friends” since they dropped me in the eighth grade.

Anna-menshanThe exclusion I experienced was a blessing in disguise. In middle school, Shannon sat alone at lunch; but I didn’t notice because I was too busy clique-ing with my BFFs. Now Shannon is one of my dearest friends.

Having friends with similar interests isn’t the problem. The problem is that we get so involved in clique-ing that we overlook clicking with others. Jesus had an inner circle of twelve; but he also had time for the woman at the well and the man who had been blind from birth. He paid attention to children, over his friends’ objections. I am striving to do the same.

—Anna Solomon, 19

 

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples.
Mark 2:15a (NIV)

ARE YOU CLICKING? Jesus had twelve disciples, twelve people he was close to—like best friends. Jesus also pursued relationships with other people, especially those who were deemed unworthy of love and attention. We too can surround ourselves with people who are like us and still be open to other relationships as well. God can use us in many ways when we make ourselves available to everyone, including those who may be outside our comfort zone.

—Samantha McCrabb, 17

 

Photo of Shannon and Anna (right) courtesy of Anna Solomon

—from devozine (January/February 2015). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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