April 20, 2017/All By Myself

Songs….good ones can have us tapping our feet, or rockin’ the house

Some, however, remind us of places where we would rather not be. You might think those songs wouldn’t be popular, but they are. Just look at some of these titles:

‘One.’

‘I’m So Lonesome, I Could Cry’

‘Mr. Lonely’

‘Only the Lonely’

‘Alone Again, Naturally’

‘ In My Room’

‘All By Myself.’

Boy, are there are a lot of famous songs about being alone!

Loneliness, when it is part of the human condition can be destructive. The fact is that we were created to be in ‘communion’ with God but we messed it all up. Is it any wonder that humans struggle with depression?

Because of this, I believe that humans crave to be part of a group.

We all want and need to be accepted–so much so that in times of distress, we often feel as if we are the only ones enduring difficulty. We are in our rooms, solely by ourselves, ready to cry, part of the ‘single dining’ crowd, who all feel that we are alone again, naturally! (Okay, that’s it for the song title tie-in!)

There is a purpose in my digging up old song titles. It is to remind us where we stand in life. Paul put it most succinctly in Romans 14: 7&8- For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

No matter how low we get, it is wise to remember that we are the Lord’s. Being such, Christians need to overcome this attitude that we don’t need help now and then. I have met Christians who are judgmental with no compassion for the very real problem of depression and it saddens me.

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a link to a YouTube video of a Christian comedian Chondra Pierce. I had a nice time viewing some of her very funny bits about life and its problems. As I had never heard her before, I didn’t know what to expect. I liked what I heard and laughed a lot….until I hit upon her video involving depression. There were two segments….probably two of the most powerful Christian commentaries I had ever seen on dealing with depression. This was a frank, powerful, expose from someone who had fallen prey to something that most people keep hidden.

This was a Christian woman who had a lot of advice and judgment by other Christians who refused to believe that she was ill and needed help from a source TOGETHER with God to heal.

Christians have a great capacity to love. They also have a great capacity to try to help someone ‘ELSE’ measure up to God. (We’re not so good at dealing with how WE do it!)

We are the Lord’s, but He has also given us ways to help one another…especially in times of distress.

No matter where you are in your walk with God, remember that you are loved. He cares for you. Reach out to those who are alone among you. Listen. Cry. Pray. Care. And offer no judgment if they need helping talking to a professional or medicine to cope with a chemical imbalance of the brain. After all, God has gifted us a brain to aid us in our journey with Him….be a Christian who is loving enough to allow Him to work in someone else’s life and problem without offering advice in judgment of where they are in their walk with the Lord when they are suffering…..just BE THERE for them.

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