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Recognizing The Snare of Self

May 2008

     There are some specific traps which may lead a person into loneliness. One of those traps is a focus on self.
     We are created social beings, with a need to interact and relate with others. However, all of us have inherited a selfish nature as a result of sin entering into the world. Allowing selfishness to take predominance in one's life is a sure way to a lonely life.
     We believe the solution to overcoming loneliness is found in a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Because God created us - He also fully understands us, and has provided the means of spiritual and emotional fulfilment for you life.
     If you are a Christian, you have access to the best solution there is to alleviate loneliness. If you are not a Christian, we urge you to give God, your Creator, the key to your life. As He renews your life through Jesus, you will find an avenue to a fulfilled life which you never had before.
However, having considered the fact that God's provision is available to His people - we also recognise that we live in a broken world. Satan, the enemy of all men and women, will destroy our lives by any means possible.
     Because we live in a fallen world, it is of utmost importance to daily seek Christ to be the centre of your life's focus. If you shift that focus from Christ onto yourself, you will open a door to failure.
     We recognize the fact that a self-focussed life will often shift and deny personal responsibility. An example of this is what happens when a person responds selfishly when faced with the results of wrong choices that have been made. Instead of facing the issue fairly, a self-focussed individual will tend to rise in self-protection, and a denial of responsibility. However, this is a sure way to build walls - and result in the alienation of friends - and a ticket to a lonely life.
     Does life need to be this way? No - but we must truly understand where our help comes from, and how to avail ourselves of it.
In the next issue, we'll take a look at the illustration of a man whose experience with loneliness is recorded in the Bible. At one point in life he faced a time of self-pity and loneliness, and we'll consider how the Lord moved to help him overcome this crisis in his life.

- Mervin Brubacher,
   Barwick, ON
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; . . .(Luke 15:6)