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How lonely are you?
Not too long ago the Prime Minister of Great Britain made an interesting appointment that reflects an alarming trend in today’s culture. A “Minister for Loneliness” was employed.
It’s hard to believe that in a world with so many ways to connect and communicate, with multiple social networks available, and with more mobility than any other time in history, has a loneliness epidemic. It has been given “health crisis” status. One expert on the subject observed that loneliness has proven to be worse for a person’s health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day!
How do we address this problem? More specifically, how can you deal with loneliness in your life?
Here are three suggestions:
1. Know that you’re never alone. God is with you. Jesus said, “… I am with you always…” (Matthew 28:20).
2. Connect with God’s people in His church. Become a part of a spiritual community. Hebrews 10:25 reminds us to “…not neglect our church meetings…”
3. Reach out and befriend others. Proverbs 18:24 provides us this wisdom, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly.” Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you…” (Luke 6:38)
Don’t settle for a life of loneliness. Take action to overcome it!