Hello Authentic Lovers!
I didn’t plan on writing today, especially as we near the holidays and some of you all will be surrounded by family- making you too busy to read. I understand the hustle and bustle of the season, trust me I do…but as I was sitting reading my Word for the day, I felt led to share these thoughts with you.
For those without family or friends, the holidays can suck! Some of you may find yourselves all alone during this season and from experience I can tell you that isolation breeds depression. I struggled with depression for 14 years…battling the sane demon that would drag me down through isolation. Being alone is not a bad thing but living a lifestyle where you are secluded from others can be bad. We as mankind, were created for community to reflect the community of God. The bible says that the council of God (Trinity) said, Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness…” So If we were created in the image of God then we were created to live in community, we were never created to live alone.
So the Enemy knowing that we thrive best in the community of others will lie to us and tell us that we can fix ourselves in isolation. This isolation includes but is not limited to: disconnecting from family, cutting ties with social groups, not having friends, not having a church community, allowing unforgiveness and bitterness to keep us from speaking to others, and then lying to ourselves with the phrase “I don’t need anyone, I can live life with just me…” Yes, you can live alone but you cannot thrive alone. Life without growth is stagnation and if its sitting still, then its dying.
I read this verse and I thought about how Jesus being God Himself, still thrived in the midst of His connection with the Father and Holy Spirit. “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine won will, but the will of the Father which sent me” ( John 5:30) Just like Christ needs His community to thrive and to make a difference, we need our community to thrive- we need each other to grow.
Don’t isolate yourself this holiday season. Don’t just survive- choose to thrive!
Until next time,
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