Shelly’s Story of Faith & Family - Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Reaching Out

Writer Author  Shelly Story
Christian Column : Life  - Fiction  No

Christian Author Writer A new school year may mean the end of summer but it also means the beginning of a new “social season” for many students.

The long, lazy days of summer become times to meet up with friends from past school years, head out to high school football games and enter back into the frenzied pace of school and extra curricular activities.

It can also be a scary time for students entering into a new class or school who haven’t had the chance to get acquainted with new classmates.

Usually by the time students enter junior high social groups or “cliques” have been formed. By high school those groups may be so tightly forged it is hard for someone new to be welcomed into the group.

Some new students naturally have an outgoing personality and have no trouble finding their way into a new group of friends. Others may be shy and wait for a welcome opening.
Being friendly and welcoming to those students should be a goal for those who already have a firmly established group of friends.

They should put themselves in the new students place and think of how they would want to be treated, of what would give them a good start to a new year and, in many cases, a new life.

If the rest of their group of friends is hesitant about welcoming a new face they should take the initiative and encourage the friends to be welcoming.

Romans 12:13 says, “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

While that can mean many different things, used in its simplest form hospitality means a friendly and generous reception of guests, visitors or strangers.

It doesn’t take much to smile at someone and offer a kind word, but it can mean the world to someone who is in a sea of unfamiliar faces.

Kindness, gentleness and goodness are three of the fruits of the Spirit. All should be used when dealing with other people.

So if you see a new face at the beginning of the school year, or at any time during the year, make the effort to go up and introduce yourself. You may even make a new best friend.

You will definitely make the beginning of a new school year much easier and brighter for that new student.

If you are the new student, you can’t go wrong exhibiting those same three fruits of the Spirit ­­– kindness, gentleness and goodness.

Don’t let fear keep you from reaching out to new friends.

Deuteronomy 31:6 says,
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

He has many wonderful things in store for you, including good friends.

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