WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL - Feb 15th
Updated: Feb 20
"I'm tired of being alone." These were the words of someone tired of being in isolation from Covid-19.
Now for those of us in Florida, we feel the effects of this. I don't believe as much as those who live in states that have been in total shut down for months now, but still, it is an issue.
Being alone isn't good for us. Especially for the elderly, children, and those who mental challenges. Depression is at an all-time high, and we see its' devastating results in rising suicide rates, drug addictions, and domestic violence. Add to this the political and economic pressures that we are experiencing, and it's a recipe for disaster.
God didn't create us to be alone. We are married, Jesus sent out the disciples two by two, churches are fellowships of believers, the Trinity is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Gen. 2:18. 1 Corinthians 12:27
So what can you do?
#1 - Get out of the house. Even if you are by yourself, go for a walk in the park, a drive around town, or sit in your backyard for a while. But you need a change of scenery. You don't have to be around people if you don't want to per se. But it will make your mind and heart good to see something good. 1 Thess. 5:11
#2 - Talk to Jesus. Prayer is a constant in our faith. We pray every day and all the time. Unload your cares on Him. If prayer has become mundane, change the time, the place, and the method. Write your prayers down in a journal, or go for a walk while you pray. (1 Pet. 5:7) 1 Thess. 5:17; Eph. 6:18; Ps. 5:3.
#3 - Talk to someone who will listen. Sometimes this is a friend, and sometimes this is a therapist. But you need to talk it out. You will solve more problems by doing this than anything else. If you need to get a life coach, that is a great idea too. Pro 27:17;
#4 - Stop trying to be a superhuman. It's called the Savior Complex. In other words, you need to solve other people's problems. This pandemic has probably driven some to anger, bitterness, failure, and disillusionment. You are not Jesus, so stop trying, Asses your ability, and place limits on yourself. Don't be afraid to say no. Somethings only Jesus, can fix. But remember, if you have isolated yourself, the people who would typically be there to help you are absent.
#5 - Stop the fear. Is your quality of life and faith being determined by faith or fear? You were never created to live in fear, even in a pandemic. I have been amazed and shocked by some who think that faith is ignoring reality. I would suggest that fear is ignoring the fact of faith. Faith gives you life, and fear takes it away from you. 2 Tim. 1:7