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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at bil­ly­gra­ham.org

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I grad­u­ated from col­lege last De­cem­ber, and I was ex­cited be­cause the job I got meant I’d be mov­ing to a large city, which I’ve al­ways wanted to do. But I’m so lonely here that I’m be­gin­ning to won­der if I made a mis­take. Do you think I did?

— L.C. DEAR L. C . : Else­where in your let­ter you ad­mit that you never thought to pray about your de­ci­sion or seek God’s will for your fu­ture. One rea­son I wanted to re­print your ques­tion is be­cause I hope it will en­cour­age others to pray when they face de­ci­sions like this. God is con­cerned about ev­ery de­tail of our lives, and He knows what is best for us.

Does this mean God has aban­doned you, or you ought to seek some­thing else? No, not nec­es­sar­ily. God some­times guides us even when we’re not aware of it. But it does mean that He wants you to seek His will con­cern­ing your fu­ture, in­stead of ig­nor­ing Him or as­sum­ing that He isn’t in­ter­ested in you and your sit­u­a­tion. God loves you, and my prayer is that you will dis­cover His love in deeper ways by com­mit­ting your life to Je­sus Christ.

Then ask God to help you over­come your lone­li­ness. Don’t look for friends in wrong ways or in wrong places. Ask God to guide you to a church where you can meet others your age and be­come friends with them, and also grow stronger in your faith.

As be­liev­ers we need each other, and some of them may be just as lonely as you are. The Bi­ble says, “Let us con­sider how we may spur one an­other on to­ward love and good deeds … en­cour­ag­ing one an­other” (He­brews 10:24-25). In the mean­time, do your work faith­fully, and pray for those with whom you work.

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