Your company is valuable.
I write this to all of those people who would much rather spend an intimate evening with a small group of friends or one-on-one with someone rather than be in a huge group. I'm like you. I'd much rather spend my evening home with my husband than out at a bar. Claustrophobia, anyone?
However, I've had to come to grips with the fact that being out in the world socially is important. God's given each person unique and wonderful personality traits that are meant to be USED for others. If we selfishly stay at home all the time because its more comfortable for us, we're not exploring the many ways that God can use our gifts to bless others.
I struggled with this over the holidays when there are a myriad of Christmas parties to go to. As a result, I'd go to social events cranky because I kept concentrating on where I'd rather be than where I was.
I'm not saying every person needs to make themselves into a social butterfly; all I'm saying is I need to make more of an effort to touch other people's lives. And that often requires you to be in uncomfortable social situations. Will you join me?
There is always that awkward person in the crowd. Hang out with them. Find that wallflower and go talk to them. Spend a little bit of time talking to people you don't know. Stay away from the cliques. Notice the group that's always ostracized and be there. Ostracize yourself for the sake of others.
You never know how valuable your company might be to someone else's day...or even their life. And guess what? You might just get something out of it too.
Soli Deo Gloria.