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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Stop Building Walls, Start Building Bridges

In summary of 2 Timothy 4:17 it says, “The Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear.”

Bottom Line:
Don’t be afraid, God will stand by you and give you strength to do what you need to do.

What this means to me:
The Lord will always stand by and be with me.  He’ll give me the strength I need so that I can do the work he has intended for me to do.  When I’m feeling lonely, I need to take the focus off myself and put it onto others.  Loneliness will only play into being self-centered and being wrapped up in myself.  I need to remember that God intentionally wired me to give my life away, to help others, to think of others and not just myself.  To break any cycle of loneliness I need to start being a friend.  Remove the focus from myself, emphasize other’s needs and give myself away.  Loneliness is often just a fear of being open and vulnerable.  It’s being afraid to share how I might really feel.  It’s being afraid to step out and risk a relationship, fearing rejection.  When Paul was in prison, about to be executed, he mentioned that all his friends had left him, but God didn’t.  That gave him the strength to reach out to others and complete the work God had given him.  In summary, when I feel loneliness coming on in life, I need to stop building a wall and instead start building a bridge.  Take a risk and begin to help others by finding a ministry, or a place I can use the talents and gifts I have been given.  When I do this, the feelings of loneliness will dissipate.