I’m part of the group called The Corner Kids. You know who we are; we're the kids in your youth group who sit in the corner and know no one. It isn't that we don't want to meet anyone; we just can't. Maybe because we have a problem with social awkwardness that makes it hard for us to go up and talk to someone (that's me). Others just don't want to be at the youth group but go for some unknown reason, maybe because they have a bad home life or feel rejected at school. It does not mean they won't stay if they see how kind and cool “Christian” people can be. I know most of the time The Corner Kids don't have a voice that can shout out to the masses our causes or problems. Not anymore…. I'm here to tell you to reach out to these kids. A small conversation would mean the world to them. Here is why:
In Matthew 22:39 Jesus talks about the second greatest commandment, “The second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’" Jesus uses a neighbor as an example. Let’s say you were talking with a friend and you say something like this, “Boy, do I love my new neighbor.” Then your friend replies, “I've never seen you say two words to that person.” Is that real love? Of course not. To show real love you, well… have to show it! By talking to the person in the corner and maybe introducing him/her to somebody you think they might get along with you are showing the real love of Jesus that this generation is calling for. Show Love
As it is said in Matthews 25:40, “The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’" God sees the good that you do to people; he uses words like “Least of These." He isn't talking about serving the rich or the popular; he is talking about the man on the street that doesn't have a place to sleep or the young woman who is 16 and pregnant. That is who he is talking about, The Least of These. All you have to do to see the least of these is drive down to a rougher part of town and see all the homeless men and women asking for help. This is the extreme side of the least of these, but what I’m here to talk about are the kids who are cutters or feel unloved and want to commit suicide because they think the world would be a better place without them, that they never did anything worth noting in the big scheme of things. These are the kids that need our love.
The interesting thing is that it goes both ways. God also sees the times we didn't do something for the least of these. In Matthew 25:45, “He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'”Now, I don't want to make you feel guilty because the past is the past, but the future is where we need to step up and reach these people. I don’t want to stay too long on this topic–just think about it.
A great example of the right and wrong thing to do when people need help is found in The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. I don't want to be like the Priest or Levite, who when faced with a chance to help and touch somebody’s life, goes to the far side of the road or steps around the situation. I want to be the Good Samaritan, who, when faced with this type of situation, can somehow show God’s love and grace through it. I hope you will join me in being the Good Samaritan in our ventures in life. This means not only reaching people for Christ but loving people because God first loved us. The place could be at youth group, church, work, or even the kid on the street that looks lonely. I also encourage you to reach out to the “punk” or “emo” kids in your youth group. Jesus loves them too. 😉
I can shout and yell till I’m blue in the face, and it won’t make a difference whether people we’ll listen to me or not. I guess what I’m saying is what are you going to do with God’s call to love the Least of These? There is a lot of work and love to be done out there; are you willing to do it? Are you will to be the beginning even if nobody else takes up the call to love?
If you yourself are a corner kid, take heart; people do love and care about you. It just doesn't always seem that way. I know what it feels like to be alone, lost, and in despair. I hope and pray people will start to draw you in wherever you are. I want to let you know that you're not alone. It may seem stupid or corny or overused. Whatever is going on in your life, Jesus will always love you and be there for you. Period.
I'll leave you with the lyrics to one of my favorite songs.
“Tonight, forget your mistakes
leave all those ashes behind
just for tonight
tear away, or just stay outside
choose either way, decide.
This place is ours when the lights go down”
-Nighttown by Stavesacre