People Needing People

6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert; 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.” Psalm 55:6-8

We all feel like this at times. We just want to pack it up and go away for about 3 years; that should settle everything! But we can’t.

We have obligations, bills, mortgages, family, friends, and jobs to worry about. The fact is, it probably wouldn’t do us a bit of good since some of the same problems would occur wherever you finally ended up. The problems would be different but the stresses would be similar. In other words, we don’t live in a vacuum. God intended us to live with others, or as some would say, “in community.” Even though I could easily work by myself most days of the week, I realize that’s not a healthy way to live. We need people. Of course I hear the extroverts cheering that statement, to which I would respond, “and those who are around people all day need to spend time in a bit of solitude reflecting the day’s events.”

We all need people. Some of us need people more than others. While we might like to think that getting away from it all for years at a time would be a great way to live, it’s probably not wise. After all, recall there will be other people in heaven. Yes, things will be different there, but still, people will be there.

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