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Topic: Acceptance (01/12/04)
TITLE: His Acceptance
By carol elliott
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I observed the children as they choose who would be on their team. One of the girls wanted to be in group B, and it was obvious that that group did not want her. They told her not to take it personally, but it was obvious she was feeling rejected. I kept repeating over and over it was only a game, hoping to ease her uneasiness.
How often does this occur? I think it occurs quite often. We are made to feel that unless we act, or look a certain way, we do not fit it.
One night at my Churchesí Youth meeting, I was made to feel as if I had sores all over my body. I was asked by the Youth Pastor to oversee a group of girls in a particular group, one by one, they removed themselves from the group. One girl remained and she must have seen my hurt, turned and say, Ďdonít worry Iíll go and get a few of my friends.í
Even as Christians, we tend to exclude people from our inner circle. How many of us would say, I would not associate with so and so, because of the color of their skin? Rejected comes in all shape and form.
Could you imagine if Christ only accepted a certain kind or group of people? Where would we all be?
Christ never excluded anyone. He made all feel welcome. He sat and ate with sinners. It didnít matter who they were. He opened his arms and welcomed them in.
I thank God of his acceptance of me. I didnít have to dress a certain way, or attend a certain school, or work in a certain field. He accepted me just as I am.