Sitting at Home, Alone

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I felt completely left out.

I was in middle school. I saw these girls that I thought were my friends going to a birthday party, complete with bowling, pizza and a sleepover. But I wasn’t invited.

I tried to tell myself all day that it wasn’t a big deal. But that night I found myself sitting at home. Alone. Thinking about how I wasn’t invited, wasn’t chosen, wasn’t liked.

Here’s what I wish I could have told myself back then, and what I need to remember when negative thoughts creep in today: Don’t put the whole of your identity into the smallness of a situation.

Colossians 2:10 teaches that we have been given fullness in Christ. I can place the wholeness of my identity in that reality and see everything else as small in comparison.

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Set Apart

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Have you ever felt alone in a crowded room?

Last year, I attended a conference and was so excited about the new friendships I knew I would make. I circled the tables looking for my name. But the longer I looked without finding it, the more out of place I felt.

When I finally found my assigned table, I took my seat and waited for my tablemates. I waited and waited.

As the prayer for the meal concluded, and no one else was there, I realized I’d be seated alone. Very alone.

In my head, I started to have a little pity party conversation. And that’s when God whispered, “You aren’t set aside, Lysa. You are set apart.”

God was letting me know that what felt like rejection was actually part of His preparation. Had I been surrounded by the voices of those people I was so eager to meet, I would have missed the gift of His voice.

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Never Alone

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Do you ever feel lonely?

Recently, I was at an event full of people. Everyone else seemed talkative, but I just felt out of sorts. Someone had said something to me earlier that day that hurt my feelings and knocked me off-kilter.

I politely smiled my way through the evening and finally got to go home. As I crawled into bed I asked Jesus, “Why am I letting some thoughtless comment made by someone affect me like this?”

There was no deep explanation. No Bible verse popped into my head. Only the gentle reminder that Jesus loves me – insecurities and all.

Friends can’t make us feel accepted all the time. And having lots of people around us does not mean we won’t ever feel lonely.

So, I turn to Jesus. I draw close to Him so He can help me separate solid truth from shifting emotion.

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