Isolation. To a certain extent that was me just a few short years ago because of all I had gone through in my life. I didn't open myself up to people (at least not right away), because being hurt...hurts. Lies told against me and backstabbing by the same people who were so jealous they wanted people to accept them at any cost even if it was to my detriment. Thus, rejection from people I thought were all in. As a result I would stand distant, not getting too close, and not taking too many chances to get hurt again.
But that was then and this is now. I'm free to talk about it now. I'm free from the cares of the world. I'm free to tell you about my life if it will help you with yours. We both win. Now I'm willing to take more chances -- smart ones -- with people and risk everything. That's faith and it's what's necessary if we want to be emotionally whole. We simply have to trust God more. Period.
I say all of that to say it's not about us. It's about connecting our lives with others so they too, will be strengthened in the Lord. So they too, will be free indeed to enjoy what the Lord has for them by sharing their lives with others.
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