Good Things!

“For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good things? This also is vanity and a worthless task. Two are better than one… If the one falls, the other will lift up his companion. Woe to the solitary man! For if he should fall, he has no one to lift him up.” -Ecclesiastes 4:8-10

Sometimes we find it easier to just keep to ourselves rather than making the effort to reach out to others to form new relationships or to build upon existing ones. Vulnerability is really hard for most of us and we usually play it safe by staying in our private comfort zones, even when we’re struggling. Deep down, we all long for fulfilling relationships; for Christlike brothers and sisters to walk with on our journey. These wholesome relationships and all the times of fellowship that come with them are GOOD things and great blessings. They bring joy, renewal, comfort, encouragement, and growth. But many of us “toil and deprive” ourselves of these kinds of relationships by not stepping out of our comfort zones, whether it’s due to our pride, fear of rejection, past hurts, or lack of courage. Who has God been tugging at your heart with to reach out to? To open up with? To encourage? Be bold! Humble yourself and take a leap of faith. Just as you hunger, so do they. Don’t deprive yourself of these good things. You are being called into all kinds of relationships every day. Start taking steps to foster these relationships and see what you’ve been missing. +

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