As I sat on the worn couch in the student lounge, my cheeks became red and I felt the others’ eyes boring holes into the back of my head.
As a new college freshman, I sat with my student orientation group while we watched a football game. Heading off to college was scary enough, but making new friends? The scariest. As we watched the game, I was giddy with nerves and excitement at finally being there. I was chatty, animated, enthusiastic, and loud. My nervous energy was finally releasing, and I felt at ease.
But, then the looks started. I noticed others eyeing each other with that, “Isn’t she annoying?” look on their faces. They were smirking and chuckling to each other. And it took me a few moments to realize that I was the source of their amusement. I clammed up and stared straight ahead, mortified and lonely.
I spent the first weeks of college trying to gain my footing. In those initial meetings, I felt too loud, too weird, too nerdy, too much. I focused on class and figuring out this new schedule and how to live on my own. I ate lunch alone. I felt too much and not enough.
But I eventually made some friends just as weird as I am, just as nerdy, just as ecstatic to be there. I finally felt a sense of belonging.
In those early weeks, I had forgotten that I was called to belong. I wouldn’t be on the outskirts forever. I just needed to find my people. In today’s reading, Saint Paul reminds us that we are all called to belong to Jesus (see Romans 1:6). We are His people.
Be weird for Jesus.
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