Are you looking for Christian friendship because you feel lonely? “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NLT). Feeling lonely is indeed a reminder that one is at a disadvantage being alone. If you are struggling with being alone, there are five things you simply must do to end loneliness:
Regardless of what causes your loneliness, here are some keys to taking some steps to end your loneliness:
- Attend a church in your area. Churches don’t turn any away and many have volunteers that will pick people in the neighborhood up when they don’t have a ride. Once you attend the church and decide you like it, sign up for a small study group. It is easier to get to know people when you are in a small group. Sunday morning doesn’t lend itself to friendships, only quick handshakes.
- Identify your interests and volunteer. Organizations are always looking for volunteers and they aren’t usually picky. Figure out what you like and check the phone book or internet for groups near you. Start putting some time and energy into finding a place to use your passions or interests. You will be more likely to find people there who might be interested in friendship since you have like interests, however, whether the people you meet become good friends or not, you will be spending less time thinking about your loneliness when you are involved in activities you enjoy.
- Have realistic expectations. Most lonely people overwhelm their friends and relatives with unreasonable expectations for their time. Be grateful for the time you get from people. A half hour to you may seem way too short but for someone who is busy, giving a half hour is a sacrifice. If your demands are too overwhelming and demanding, you will find that people who do care about you will avoid you.
- Use your resources. If you have a home, start a small study group at…