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Day One — One Is A Lonely Number

Humans weren’t meant to be alone. We’re not talking about taking a break from crowds, and we're definitely not shaming the introverts (we love you, we see you, we are you). There’s a difference between needing some alone time and being alone.

Did you know that loneliness actually affects your health? And not in a good way! Studies have shown that loneliness is connected to heart disease, a weakened immune system, and anxiety — just to name a few! Ever seen that old movie “Cast Away”? Being alone just does stuff to you.

God Himself even said it’s not good for humans to be alone. It’s the whole reason Eve was created. If God wanted Adam to do everything alone, He would have let Adam keep all his ribs.

But sometimes loneliness can feel safe. On the outside, it makes sense: If you don’t let anyone get close to you, no one can hurt you. And if no one is around, you won’t have to feel the sting of someone leaving.

You might be saying to yourself, “All I need is God.” And you’re not wrong. God is all you need, but God also put a desire for relationships within us. We’re wired to crave connection. It’s how God made us and one of His many gifts to us. The right people can make all the difference in our lives.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

God is not ignorant to the hurt people can cause in our lives. Remember, Jesus felt the stab of betrayal, abandonment, and loss during His time here on Earth.

Letting people in takes trust and a little bit of faith, but life isn’t supposed to be lived alone. You need other people and other people need you.

This week, think about who God has placed in your life. How have they made your life better, and how can you make their life better? If you’re craving connection with people who can help you get closer to God, take a step today and join an eGroup or sign up to volunteer at your church.