Hanging Out

How often do we find ourselves “just hanging out”? I know when I was younger I’d tell my folks that I was going to go hang out with my friends. I still do it…”Hey Honey, what do you want to do?” “Oh, just hang out.” It’s easy. It’s relaxing. It’s inexpensive. 

I love spending time with people. We don’t really need to have anything to do, just spending time and enjoying each other’s company is a great way to spend time in my book. Yup, hanging out is just great!

But then again, sometimes there are times when we get hung out. That’s not so much fun. How often have I sat in the empty room with the feeling that no one even notices me? Even in a room full of people, I can sometimes feel completely alone…hung out. My mind screams out to be seen, but my words betray me with silence. “I don’t want to be a bother.” “It’s nothing.” “How am I, oh I’m fine!” And so go the lies…

Look around right now. Are you with people? Even more important, are people with you? Humans were built with the express and sole purpose of companionship for the God of the universe who had EVERYTHING! We can’t operate in a way that isolates our brothers and sisters. Take a chance and reach out to someone. Pick up the phone and call. Walk across the room and ask how they’re doing, and if they’re “fine” keep talking, because most of the time that’s no true. Give that person who’s sitting alone in Starbucks a friendly smile. Share some time with a person you don’t know. Hug someone you do know. Spread some love, and don’t let someone just hang out!
-Rise Up!

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