Rick Warren on How to Let Go of Loneliness

Christmas time is, for the most part, an enjoyable season for most people. But for many of us, it’s a season of painful memories, depression and loneliness. Sometimes we choose to isolate ourselves from others, and sometimes we face loneliness through no fault of our own.

Loneliness is so painful that people will try anything to relieve it. We medicate with drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, pornography and other addictive behaviors. Loneliness can be especially dangerous to people in recovery.

So how do you deal with loneliness? How do you let go of it?

1. Utilize your time well

Make the best of a bad situation. Resist the temptation to do nothing. If life gives you a lemon, make lemonade. Make the most of what you’ve got. Loneliness tends to paralyze. Think of a creative way to take advantage of the situation.

While we should be careful not to medicate with busyness, it is important to be good stewards of the time we spend alone. We’re dangerous when we’re bored and we get discouraged when we aren’t using our time in a purposeful way.

2. Minimize the hurt

Don’t ignore it, but don’t rehearse it either. Deal with your hurt in bold and honest ways, but find ways to shift your focus to helping and serving others.

Resentment is essentially the choice to hang onto what someone else took away from us. Forgiveness is letting them off the hook and cutting the strings they have on our emotional health.

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Source: Church Leaders