Focus on Others
Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. 1 Corinthians 12:12, CEB
Over the last decade, I’ve had the privilege of speaking to women all over the country. When I lead a retreat, I tell them I’m not just there as a speaker, but also as a listener.
One of the recurring themes among the women, at least the ones who are honest, is loneliness. They feel alone, even if they are married, have kids, and have friends. They don’t feel they are fully known, and yet they are afraid of letting their guard down.
Some are lonely because they are self-focused—they want someone to love them and be their friend, but they never consider looking for someone who needs a friend, someone that they can give love and friendship to. They’re focused on getting, rather than giving. These types are going to continue to be lonely until they start being other-focused.
When we spend time alone with Jesus, why do we do it? Time with Jesus refuels us and fills us, so that we can love others. We receive love from Jesus so that we can share it. We also receive love from Jesus so that we are not demanding that others meet the need that only He can fulfill.
Yes, we can experience Jesus’ love individually, but we also experience it, in a richer way, in community. Because we have the Spirit, we can be conduits of God’s love to others. And we can receive God’s love through others. Together, we can accomplish more together than any of us could on our own.
FAITH STEP: Today, spend some time with Jesus and let Him fill you up so that you can love others. Rather than focusing on your own loneliness, look for someone who is lonely that you could reach out to.
Contributed by Keri Wyatt Kent
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