Loneliness is a terrible feeling.
There are two types of loneliness in junior high students today. There are some who feel like they don’t have any friends (or actually don’t). And then there are those who might be around a bunch of people or have a bunch of friends, and yet feel like no one knows who they really are.
“It is not good for man to be alone.” Genesis 2:18
“You will never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you.” Harry Potter
During the second week of our truth is series at Ground Zero, we addressed this truth: You don’t have to be alone.
But we have to choose to do two things to not be alone.
1. Choose friends wisely
“Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
Is it worth just ANY friend if he/she corrupts you?
We illustrated this portion by talking about how one tiny ingredient (baby poo) wrecks an entire pan of great brownies. Just one friend can wreck your own character.
2. Be the friend we want others to be
Instead of worrying about how little your friends care about you, we can focus on being the kind of friend we want others to be.
Both of these things can be accomplished by joining a small group. Here is the promo we used for small groups this year (which launch Oct. 3 / Oct. 7), but a student can join a small group at any point during the year.
We were not made to be alone.
As Erwin McManus writes, “God has made us for relationships, and we only begin to experience life fully when we move toward healthy relationships and healthy community. Your soul will never be satisfied with anything less.”