Are You Feeling Alone?

imgresIt’s been a very full year!

Yet, in the midst of looking back, why do we still feel lonely? There are people, projects, activities and opportunities all around us, yet we still feel at times that we are the only people on the planet.

Paul Borthwick, in his classic book, “Feeding Your Forgotten Soul(©1990 Youth Specialties, Inc) talks about loneliness.

He reminds us that many biblical characters suffered from loneliness and depression:

*Moses was 40 years alone tending sheep, 40 years away from his people and 40 years of controversial leadership in the desert.

*Elijah felt alone in the midst of experiencing God’s power

*David was forsaken by his sons

*Jesus was abandoned at his hour of deepest need

*Paul was alone at the beginning of his ministry and alone at the end.

When we feel alone, Borthwick goes on to say, we begin to separate ourselves from God.  These 4 things feed this:

#1)  COMPLAINING

When we feel alone, we hid this by growing more cynical of others or more bitter towards others.

#2)  SELF-PITY

We find ourselves in a desperate cycle that keeps us focusing on ourselves and not on God’s provision for us.

#3)  BLAMING

Our natural reaction is to blame others for what’s happening inside of us.  We need a target, we need someone to put this on.

#4)  DISCOURAGEMENT

We want to quit.  We want to run.  We want to give up.

We forget that God’s presence can renew perspective in our lives and invigorate us to return to the battle!

 

Sometimes we are alone.  Sometimes it’s really hard being a leader.

Learn to WAIT ON HIM.  He’ll show up. He’ll give us what we need. He’ll fill us.

Why would you ever complain or whine, saying “God has lost track of me.  He doesn’t care what happens to me?”  Don’t you know anything?  Haven’t you been listening?  God doesn’t come and go.  God lasts.  He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.  He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.  And he knows everything, inside and out.  He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.  For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall.  But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.  They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.  (Isaiah 40 The Message)

Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 30 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: www.russellcline.com Write directly to Russ at: rcline@extremeresponse.org www.extremeresponse.org www.leadermundial.org twitter: leadonesource, leadermundial

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