Anxiety, Bondage, Challenge, Discouraged, Journey, Life

Break The Bondage of Isolation

Adventures and difficulties in life may not always be enjoyable, but without them, it would be difficult to learn the lessons God is trying to teach us.

Unfortunately, you do not have to look hard to find people who are hurting; whether physically, emotionally, or mentally. It seems everywhere you look there are people who are troubled, either by financial or medical hardships or they find themselves in difficult relationships. We see them on nearly every street corner. We see them within our neighborhoods, schools, colleges, churches, and workplaces. We see them even within our social media worlds of Facebook and Instagram. 

My friend, are you a  person who is experiencing some of these difficulties and find yourself hiding from your own adversities and trials? Are you afraid to reach out to others for fear of burdening them with your problems or you are fearful of feeling persecuted? Are you afraid they will not understand your circumstances and condemn you for the decisions you have made? 

All of these concerns are valid, but my friend, they are not healthy. You can not live a life in isolation while you experience the fear and concern for what others might say or what they might think. 

Many times the hardest part of reaching out is to determine who your safe network would be. My suggestion would be to reach out to a family member, a close friend, or a group you belong to.

 I want you to put some thought to this, God has the capability to put someone in your life, whether it is an individual, a group of people you know intimately or whether it is a group of strangers. Please, take the time to put aside your pride and humility and reach out to them.

Consider this thought, what if God is placing someone in your life because they have already experienced a similar situation or circumstance and they are able to provide comfort and support to you? Please do not rob them of the ability to help and encourage you.

Do not remain locked up in your world of isolation while being consumed by the bondage of fear and worry. The longer you stay, the harder it is to break free from this isolationism because this is how the enemy wants you to live. He wants to stay trapped in this darkness because the longer you stay, the longer you continue to believe his lies.

He wants you to believe lies that are similar to these, I am not worthy of being loved. I am not a good mother or father, son or daughter, husband or wife, friend, or co-worker. I am not a nice person. I am not attractive enough because I am too tall, too short, too fat or too skinny. I am not rich enough or successful enough. Fill in the blank _______________ with the lie you have come to believe. Everyone has these thoughts from time to time, but the danger comes when you believe them and allow them to consume you.  These are a few of the dangers that lurk in the darkness of isolation. 

My friend, we are going into a difficult season where society places many demands and pressures on us to be the best at everything “Christmas” that we can be. The problem that arises is that if you are already struggling with discouragement, frustrations, and depression, then this time of the year will only make these conditions worse. 

The key to breaking this cycle of bondage and isolationism is to acknowledge this as a problem and seek help and guidance from a trusted person. By doing this you will find your life will begin to change and the weight of carrying will be lifted and life will seem a little bit brighter.

My friend, if this has touched your life today, please reach out and seek the help of others to break free from this because you are… Worthy and Important.  

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