Many people live their lives as though they don’t need anyone else; this is a big mistake. They think there is nothing of value to be found in others, particularly from those of a different racial or cultural background, or a different social or economic class. This ultimately leads to personal isolation, loneliness, depression, and despair. The truth is, we need each other!
Today, our high-tech society makes the world an even lonelier place. But God doesn’t want us to live in perpetual loneliness. He wants us to embrace others around us. We must pray as the Psalmist, “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted” (Psalm 25:16). Our loving God will show us how to turn our loneliness into love for others. Start by changing your negative attitude. Do something as simple as writing a note, smiling at a passerby, or just visiting a friend.
Most of all, don’t allow your loneliness to turn into bitterness and self-pity. Use your lonely feelings to push you toward someone, rather than away from others. The strength we need to overcome loneliness we will draw from loving our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, and testifying to a lost and hurting world.
Remember, as you reach out to others in love, God will bless you for being a blessing to other lonely people.
- Luis Joseph Castle
4Jesus Outreach Ministries