Jean Paul Sartre a famous existentialist philosopher [1905-1980], once quipped that Hell… is other people. He was not known for his people skills.
Winston Churchill, on the other hand, got it right— If you’re going thru Hell… Keep Going.
Too many of us wallow in our guilt, or pity, or lamentable state until we find the right person, or persons, to drag down with us. I used to comment on someone we know quite well (name withheld) who seemed to live by the axiom Life is a bitch…, then you die. Actually, for this individual, that would have been a step uP.
It is further said that Misery loves company. Well, no it doesn’t. Who wants to be around a chronically miserable person?!?
In the Christian Bible we are admonished to Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. [Phillipians 4:4, ESV] There have been times when, if someone had said that to me, I think I would have clocked ‘em. The loss of a parent, a child, someone you love, loss of a job, a tragedy, financial ruin, etc. What you want/need is someone to come alongside you and weep with you, to grieve with you.
I’ve had such friends— they were/are life to me.
So IF you’re going through Hell, keep going. But go through it with a friend; someone you love/someone who loves you. Even our Holy Trinity is Three in One. Our God understands the importance of friendship, companionship, a soulmate.
If you’re trying to make it on your own, you won’t. But if you turn your eyes to God and cry out “God, please help me!” He might answer you through the love and gentleness of a friend.
Don’t be an island. Our Lord is there to help you get through the tough times. You are worth it. He thinks so. (I think so too.)
Honor God, honor people, make a difference,
Dr. Gary Davis, President
NEXT— Jerks for Jesus…, revisited.