I used to want to be a part of the "In Crowd." I spent a lot of time and emotional energy trying to fit in. Trying to gain the acceptance of the important people. Desiring the affirmation of the "right " circle. But somewhere along the way, the "in crowd" lost its power to attract, and I learned that favor with man is a poor substitute for favor with God. While favor with man might help you get what you see before you, favor with God will get you what you haven't even imagined.
I'm not sure what it was that set me free from the power of the "in crowd." Maybe it was hearing one too many people say things about others such as,
"I made him."
"After all I've done for him!"
"I taught her everything she knows."
" He couldn't have made it without me."
Maybe it was that I finally learned that men who do you favors have a way of coming back to you and calling them in. Maybe its that I have learned in a world where men's souls are bought and sold like cheap commodities, there is incredible power and an exhilarating freedom in knowing that no one is entitled to a piece of yours.