Loneliness is a part of the human experience.
This doesn’t change when we become Christians nor does it suddenly go away when we answer the call to serve the Lord in vocational ministry.
No one knows this better than the pastors reading this. You know, and, thankfully, so does the Lord. When we feel lonely as followers of Jesus, regardless of our role within His kingdom, we have the opportunity to identify with Him.
No one knows what it is like to not only feel forsaken, but be forsaken, like our Lord.
The Apostle Paul got this and shared this sense of connection to Christ in his letter to His followers in Philippi. (See Philippians 3:10.)
When it comes to loneliness, we all go there. None of us should stay there.
Pastor, here’s the BIG POINT: DON’T BE LONELY ALONE.
When we stay lonely alone, too long, we risk the real problem, isolation.
Proverbs 18:1, “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.”
The root word in this verse is פָּרַד paw-rad’; to break through, spread or separate: disperse, divide, be out of joint, part, scatter, separate, sever self, stretch, sunder. (Strong’s, H6504)
We all face loneliness. However, isolation is a choice.
How do you know if you are choosing isolation as a leader? Isolation is characterized by numerous symptoms. These symptoms come on slowly but very surely.
Join us in The Lonely Leader – Part 2 coming soon as we uncover these symptoms together.
Until then, check out this great post that deals with the subject of loneliness in leadership by Thomas Rainer. https://thomrainer.com/2013/09/the-lonely-pastor-nine-observations/
Pastor, church leader, whoever you are…
You don’t have to lead lonely alone!