Picture this: A girl who’s new (or quiet or different looking) sits alone while others talk, laugh. No one sees her there. But then it happens. Someone plops down beside her, says, “Hey, I’m Brittany” or something like that. Then, “Wanna come hang with us? My friends would love to meet you.”
Or this: A girl makes bad choices. Really bad, according to former friends avoiding her, judging her, whispering behind her back. And she deserves it, right? But then it happens. A text arrives saying, “It’ll get better. We all make mistakes. I’m here, and so is the God of second chances.”
Or if you can, imagine this: A girl has it all. She’s beautiful and talented. She’s got personality, respect, humility. Who wouldn’t resent perfection like hers? Then the unthinkable happens: Other girls admire her! No jealousy, no cut downs, no wishing she’d move to Antarctica. 🙂 Just sincere compliments ’cause actually they’re all similar—flawed, forgiven, fabulous—to the One who matters.
I’m not delusional. I realize these scenarios are unlikely. I’m aware of struggles with girls, especially cliquey ones, insecure ones, backstabbing ones, fake ones. And I’ve seen their destruction.
But I also know another side, the reality that’s possible. Like when Jesus shows up and softens young hearts. And girls see themselves more confidently, more clearly. And compassion becomes real.
They do exist, these dream girls. I know a few, and each of them agrees: God does good work, starting on the inside. Kinsey says, “I used to cut down people to make myself look better. But once I learned who I was to Jesus—really special—it was easy to relax and not compare.”
Shay says, “I was never mean to anyone, but I was never especially nice, either, kind of looking the other way. After asking for new eyes, though, God showed me some lonely girls.”
What about you? Are you willing, with God’s help, to rise above the mean crowd? It takes just one brave girl, you know, to see with compassionate eyes. Or speak with courageous words. Or fill a whole room—and someone’s hurting heart—with the kind, sweet hope of Jesus.
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” (Ephesians 4:2)
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