September 22, 2009
You are never alone. I know it may sound kind of creepy, but it is the truth. It is actually true in many ways. Of course God is always with us, but we will get to that in part 2. Especially with text messaging, Facebook, and Google Earth, we are almost always connected in some way to other people. The problem is that we get so caught up in what we are doing, we often underestimate how much what we are doing affects other people.
Most of the time, there are people around us. Whether we like it or not, they are usually watching us. There are a few ways to look at this. You could say, “Dang, if people are watching, I can’t do the things I really want to do.” If that is the case, you are probably asking the wrong question. Instead, we should be using this as motivation to always be focused on being Christ-like. You never know when something you do will affect somebody’s view of not only you, but of God and other Christians. This is especially true for those younger than you. Whether it is your younger sibling, somebody at school that looks up to you, or kids at church that are always looking to imitate you and your peers, your actions can have a dramatic impact on how they behave and how they view Christianity.
Also, there is a positive side to never being alone. If you ever get down or just need somebody to talk to, it is great to have a good core of friends around you that are always there. These people are essential to holding you accountable for your actions, supporting you in your successes, and lifting you up when you fall down. If you haven’t lately, you should thank your friends for being there for you. Even if they have not done anything recently, just knowing our friends are there for us is sometimes all that we need to push through a tough situation.
Sure, there are times when you want to be completely alone just to gather your thoughts and process what is going on in your life. That time is definitely needed for your sanity. However, never forget that there are people out there watching to see how you react to the lemons life is handing to you. There are also people there to help you throw those lemons away and buy you ice cream, because ice cream always helps you feel better and making lemonade is really messy. Think about it.