Life alone is easier, but it’s emptier.
Isolated from relationships that bring out the inner truth about ourselves, we don’t have to face who we really are.
We remain unaware of the areas in which we need to grow. We stop developing the maturity and wisdom God wants for us.
The disconnected life is based on an assessment that the world is unsafe, people are not dependable or worth the trouble, or their own relational skills are inadequate.
Isolation is a blind spot that blocks us from deep joy and the way humans are designed to live as relational beings in a community with others.
If we’ve been hurt in the past, intimacy is the opposite of what we want. Who can blame the abused woman, the abandoned boy?
The world and people seem unsafe. But Jesus has given us his body—the church—a community of refuge and love.
“Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble” (1 John 2:10).