Isolation sucks

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Isolation sucks. I don’t think it really matters if you’re an introvert or an extrovert. Isolation is bad. Think about it. When a prisoner (who’s already in jail away from the public) messes up, they are put in “isolation.” It doesn’t sound like that’s a good thing to me. Often people with physical or mental challenges feel “isolated” from others. When siblings are fighting, parents send them to their room as punishment. In fact, Proverbs 18:1 says, “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” Not to mention, Genesis 2:18, The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”

So, when the world is on lockdown and you’re isolated from friends, family, work, and community, what do you do? Well, here’s my two-cent’s worth. 1) Use this time of isolation as an opportunity to get closer to God. Isolation won’t last forever so use this time. Try this: For the next 150 days, read one Psalm every day and then pray using that reading as a template for prayer. For example, Psalm 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd.” You might pray, “Thank you LORD for being MY shepherd!!” 2) Decide to call one person each day to connect with them. Take the initiative.

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