Take steps to over­come your lone­li­ness by pray­ing to God

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I al­ways thought it would be ex­cit­ing to live in a big city, and af­ter I grad­u­ated last year I took a job in one. But I never re­al­ized how lonely I’d be. I can’t af­ford to go home for Christ­mas this year, but I hate the idea of sit­ting alone in my apart­ment. Is God telling me I ought to quit my job and move back home?—

You have dis­cov­ered what count­less peo­ple be­fore you have re­al­ized: a city can be a very lonely place. I of­ten think of the par­a­lyzed man who couldn’t find any­one in the en­tire city of Jerusalem to help him — un­til Je­sus came along and healed him (see John 5:1-9).

I don’t know if you made a mis­take by mov­ing to this city — but God knows your sit­u­a­tion, and the most im­por­tant thing you can do is seek his will for your fu­ture. He loves you, and he knows what is best for you. Even if you didn’t look to him for guid­ance be­fore, I urge you to do so now. And if you have never asked Je­sus Christ to come into your life, open your heart and life to him to­day. God’s prom­ise is for you: “In all your ways sub­mit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

In the mean­time, how­ever, take steps to over­come your lone­li­ness. What can you do? First, seek out a church where you can meet oth­ers your age — and also grow in your faith. An ac­tive church may also of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for you to get in­volved with oth­ers in com­mu­nity ser­vice projects.

Don’t, how­ever, seek to over­come your lone­li­ness in wrong ways, or in wrong places (as many do). Re­mem­ber: God loves you, and when we know Christ, we are never alone.

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