While browsing on MySpace (actually, while looking at my son's MySpace site to see who his friends were).....I stumbled upon this statement by a 15 year old girl on her MySpace site: "I guess it is different when you are a teenager!!! I am tired of crying my self to sleep at night just because people at church dont like me because I am not rich or pretty or any of that stuff!!! I have been going there for like 8 years and I am still not accepted and I am tired of trying to be accepted!! I am tired of putting on these fake smiles and acting like everything is ok when inside I am screaming for help and crying!! I just dont understand how some churches are!!" This broke my heart, because I've seen it so many times in different churches. I'm talking about teenagers at church who give the "cold shoulder" to kids who aren't "cool" like they are. How many times does a not-so-popular teen find that the teens at church are no different than the ones at school? If I were a youth worker, I think I'd spend a LOT of time reminding my youth group that if things are no different at church than they are at school.....that if a teen who is overweight, or who is a little geeky or nerdy, or otherwise "different" can't come to this church and be loved and accepted and be made to feel welcome.....then something is terribly wrong. And, sadly, I've seen youth leaders who were just as guilty as the kids. Ignoring the un-popular ones and spending all their time with the popular ones. I don't know why this bothers me so much. I guess I just feel sorry for kids who can't even feel loved (or even liked) at church. If you are a youth leader or youth worker who doesn't turn a blind eye but actively addresses this problem.....thank you!