5. We Are Designed to Need God and Others
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When it's challenging to connect to others or hurt reigns because relationships have been painful, it’s common for believers to tune out their emotional and relational needs by claiming God is all they need.
This pattern plays out over and over. Someone shares vulnerably about a struggle they have and the thoughts or feelings around that struggle. A hearer (or social media reader) responds with positive words and the message, "God is all you need!"
Or, the hurting individual has denied that they have needs or is afraid to ask for their needs to be met. Instead of connecting to the truth of what's happening within them, they proclaim, "God is all I need!"
God is the source of everything we need. Also, He provides much of what we need through other people. We are designed to need various things that can only come through people, which is part of God's design.
We need God, and we need how God provides through others. One of these needs is empathy.
Empathy Helps As We Struggle with More Than a Pandemic
Divisiveness runs rampant, and empathy is squashed. We need to engage in empathy for ourselves, for loved ones, and even for those we disagree with.
Consider finding a group to connect with, or a friend to reach out to. Ask them how they're doing, and just listen.
For those times when you need to experience the kind of care available directly through our relationship with Him, consider using a tool I created (Unleash: Heart & Soul Care Sheets) that helps people process life's challenges with God and practice hearing from Him. Also, I have a free resource for you that can help you connect to God through His word in just a few minutes a day.
If you're struggling today, because you lack empathy from others, or because you struggle to see others where they are and engage empathically with them, I'd love to pray for you:
Father, the world needs you and the way you work through your people. Help us see what we can't see so we can engage with others in the healing way you have designed—through empathy. Amen.
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