A couple of weeks ago I went to visit a church to hear a preacher. I went with my family and some family friends. We walked in the door and our friends were greeted with a warm welcome. The literally turned to us and said, “Hey, you guys.” They looked at our friends and said “we want to take you guys to lunch.” My friend was visibly awkward. We walked into the sanctuary and people scooted down the row to offer seats… to our friends. Two spots. We sat in the row in front.
For some reason, people just don’t like us. We have been in situations like that a lot, so much so that we don’t even notice it anymore. We didn’t even notice this until my friend brought it up later. It was visibly troubling to him. It has always been like this, and I don’t even know what it is. When people eventually get to know us, they love us. I don’t get it.