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“I don’t have any friends!” Have you heard this before? Have you thought or said this before?
One of the mental health epidemics of today’s culture is loneliness. Our digital interaction, which is supposed to increase our connections to others, is actually hindering them. The word “friend” has taken on an entirely new meaning. The term once reserved for the people we were closest to in life now refers to someone who happens to look at our social media feed — people we may not even know. We’ve replaced quality for quantity (how many), and depth for shallowness.
This is a diabolical plot. The enemy of our soul seeks to isolate us — from God and others. This isolation breeds discouragement and depression. What should we do to counteract this?
Here are some suggestions:
- See social media for what it is, and what it’s not. It’s a superficial way to connect with others, not a replacement for face to face meaningful interaction and friendships.
- Get outside of yourself. Join a group at church. Serve on a team. Get around people.
- Be friendly. Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV) “A man who has friends must himself be friendly…”
- Improve your relationship skills. Be a better listener. Be genuinely interested in others. Be confident. Respect boundaries. Take appropriate initiative!
- Finally, put a period on your pity party! Stop raining on your own parade!
Do these things, and get ready, you’re going to find some great friends!