Live a Whole Life without a "Better Half"
- Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Let the pain of loneliness draw you into God’s presence. When you experience rejection or feel sad about being alone, remind yourself that God always loves you and is with you. Know that you can count on God to provide companionship and everything else you need. Ask God to give you the courage you need to take risks with dating and friendships so you can try to move closer to others. Surround yourself with a faithful group of friends who will support and encourage you as you do the same for them.
Resist the urge to meddle. Realize that God doesn’t need help to accomplish His plans for your life. Be patient and trust that God will do the right things at the right time for you. Remember that God often does His greatest work while people wait. Focus on your present life and trust God to lead you bit by bit in the right direction toward your future.
Commit yourself to a local church. Rather than getting upset about how small your life is, focus on how big God is. Seek to grow closer to God through worship, and closer to others in the family of believers. Make at least one trusted friend there and promise to talk regularly and honestly and hold each other accountable. Join a Bible study to learn more about God. Look beyond yourself to serve other people and widen your perspective.
Make God your love interest. Respond to God’s deep, unconditional love for you with a passionate commitment to Him. Make pursuing God your top priority. Appreciate God more for who He is than for what He can do for you. Delight yourself in getting to know Him better.
Choose trust over fear. Whenever you feel threatened, focus beyond the situation to the One who ultimately controls it – God. Remind yourself that His both all-knowing and all-powerful. Place your trust in Him.
Let go of your pride. Accept the fact that your life isn’t going the way you’d planned – but that’s okay. Rather than letting bitterness and envy consume you, give in to God’s greater plan for your life right now. Know that by doing so, you’ll remove obstacles for God to work in your life, bringing you many blessings you hadn’t anticipated.
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