How NOT To Be Lonely (Part III)

How NOT To Be Lonely

(Part III)

 Scripture Lesson: 

Lamentations 1:1-2, 4, 6, 7, Philippians 4:10-14

So, how does a person cope with loneliness?  After praying to the Lord and then mediating about this particular subject, He has given me three points to speak from:  we are to:

I. Be content in one’s self (you’re the only “you” that you’ve got)

II. Be content in one’s current situation (just like the seasons, it will not last forever)

III. Be content in one’s surroundings (if you don’t like them, change them for the good)

 This post, we will be covering Point #3: Be content in one’s surroundings (if you don’t like them, change them for the good)

 III. Be content in one’s surroundings (if you don’t like them, change them for the good)

 The final part of Merriam-Webster’s definition of being lonely:  3: sad from being alone :  lonesome; 4:  producing a feeling of bleakness or desolation.  There is the saying that “the idle mind is the devil’s workshop”.  I have worked in the counseling field for almost twenty-five years; mental health, and also “general population”, and, what have I learned?  SITTING and dwelling on what may (or may not) be happening in our lives is not good.  Need to “get up and do something”!  If we are alone (not LONELY), it may be a good idea to change our surroundings.  Our situation may not change right away, but we may definitely be able to change our surroundings, even if it means getting up from one room and going to another, cleaning out one room to make way for other things, going out for a walk, jog, or drive, rather than staying at home.  I was speaking to someone whom I know that always seems to have “a thought for the day”, and she mentioned:

Volunteering for a political campaign

Taking up a new hobby/class

Hanging out with family and/or friends

Pursue fun and self-improvement

Read

Become involved in service/community projects

Be content in your surroundings…if you don’t like them, change them for the good!. 

How do you and I keep from being lonely? 1) Be content in one’s self (you’re the only “you” that you’ve got) 2) Be content in one’s current situation (just like the seasons, it will not last forever) 3) Be content in one’s surroundings (if you don’t like them, change them for the good)—these thoughts may not hold the perfect answer…but, if, as Christians, we are “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3, NKJV—that includes wisdom)…we certainly have a good start!

God bless you, everyone—see you next post! 🙂

Submitted By:  Shonda R. Greene, M.Ed., MTS 🙂

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Sermon excerpt from “How NOT To Be Lonely”, (Greene, Shonda R., “How NOT To Be Lonely”, http://www.shondargreeneministries.org/uncategorized/how-not-to-be-lonely-part-iii, accessed May 1, 2016), as part of the “Cream In My Sugar” Relationship Series Workshop, hosted by Dr. Alisha Broughton.  Visit Dr. Broughton on Facebook at DrAlisha Broughton, on Twitter (@lish8169), and on Instagram (Dr. AlishaBroughton).

 

 

 

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