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Dealing with Loneliness

 

If a survey were taken asking people which personal problems concerned them the most, loneliness would be at or near the top of thelist. How can you overcome loneliness?

You may remember the Beatles’ remarkably popular tune of the 1960s, Eleanor Rigby. I’ve always been amazed by its popularity, because the message of the song is not what you would call upbeat or uplifting. It’s about people who suffer loneliness and isolation:

Ah, look at all the lonely people. . .

All the lonely people, where do they come from?

All the lonely people, where do they all belong?

Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name.

Nobody came.

Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave.

No one was saved.

My guess is that this song did so well because we all fear loneliness and isolation. Nobody is immune. One day Elvis Presley had a common cold. One of his staff asked him, “Hey, Elvis, how ya’ feelin’?” The king of rock and roll answered, “Alone.” He was the most famous singer of his day. He was surrounded by adoring fansand an entourage of people. Yet Elvis Presley felt lonely.

Not long ago I ran across an acquaintance at the post office. He’d been married for 52 years when his wife suddenly became ill and died. Bob hasn’t been the same since! His wife was the love of his life and his best friend. Like Elvis, my friend felt alone.

Are you lonely?

Loneliness can be a terrible affliction. It can be a prison. Some people who are lonely simply don’t know how to escape. They don’t reach out to God or to other people and, often, when others reach out to them, they aren’t receptive.

When you come face to face with loneliness, I encourage you to do two things. I guarantee they will work for you – provided you work at it!

Step One: Let God be your friend and personal companion. I find great personal comfort and have provided encouragement to people over the years by focusing on the verse in which God promises: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). If you believe that statement, it can become the new foundation for your life.

You may not have been a particularly spiritual person up to this point. Maybe you’ve struggled with the idea of a personal God or having Jesus Christ impact your life. The wonderful news is that regardless of your past relationship or lack of relationship with your Creator, you can turn to Him right now and ask Him to fill the empty parts of your heart and soul. God will never judge you for your past. He only cares about your today and all your tomorrows.

Step Two: Open yourself up to other people Don’t shut yourself away from others. Most of us do such a good job of covering up our personal pain that even people who know us well and love us unconditionally aren’t aware that we are lonely. Often, the important people in our lives are the ones who can convey hope and meaning to us when we’re lonely and depressed.

My Action Step

If you find the courage to take these two steps, while the road may not be easy, you can experience meaning, peace and joy in relationship with God and other people. Of course you may feel lonely in the future – you’re only human – but you’ll never have to be overwhelmed by loneliness ever again! So decide right now that you’ll do your very best to open up to God and other people.

God’s Encouraging Word

“God has assured us, ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you.’” – Hebrews 13:5, The Message

Prayer (or just pray what’s on your heart)

Father, help me to break down the wall that I have built around myself and my emotions. I need you in my life and in my restless heart to fill my lonely places. More than that, Lord, help me to reach out to other lonely people. Help me to let them know of your unending love and comfort. Amen.

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
Sample Chapters

Introduction
Forgiving Yourself
Forgiving Others
God Don't Make No Junk!
Dealing with Loneliness
Hold on to your Dreams
Changing Directions
Not Defeated, Victory!
God Loves You

Book Topics

Forgiveness
Day 1 - God Can’t Remember
Day 2 - Forgiving Others
Day 14 - Conquering Resentment
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 27 - Forgive Yourself

Overcoming Personal Problems
Day 3 - Dealing with Loneliness
Day 4 - Hold Onto Your Dreams!
Day 11 - "Not my Fault"
Day 14 - Conquering Resentment
Day 15 - How to Win Over Worry
Day 16 - “Irregular” People
Day 17 - Peace of Mind
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 20 - Patience
Day 21 - Encouragement
Day 22 - Learning How to Deal with Hurt
Day 26 - Two Kinds of Fear

A Better Future
Day 4 - Hold on to your Dreams
Day 5 - God Don’t Make No Junk
Day 6 - Messing Up Doesn’t Mean It’s Forever
Day 7 - God Isn’t Finished With You Yet!
Day 9 - Letting Go – a Prelude to Adventure
Day 13 - Your “Dash”
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 19 - Failure Isn’t Fatal!
Day 24 - “Do it Now!”

Personal Faith
Day 7 - God isn’t Finished with You Yet!
Day 8 - How Much Faith is Enough?
Day 10 - The Bible
Day 12 - Changing Directions
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 23 - God Told Me Everything is Going to Be OK!
Day 24 - Do it Now!
Day 25 - If This is Not the Place
Day 28 - Keep Your Fork!
Day 29 - Not Defeat, Victory!
Day 30 - God Loves You

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