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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.

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Church culture is changing like never before. Coronavirus and media-driven panic has forced our world into unprecedented upheaval, sending many into despair, depression, fear, and isolation. The author of Hebrews gives us something really important to remember, especially in this season…

“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV

There are two sides to this reminder:

You need people in your life.

In our digital age, where church is more accessible online than ever before and there’s deep-seated fear about leaving your home, it’s important to remember that God did not design us to live life alone. Of course health and safety are important, but this season will require creativity and innovation to stay connected with others. Remember that the only thing God said was “not good” in His perfect creation was that Adam was alone. Then He fixed the problem by creating Eve for him. Do not neglect meeting together – even if it’s online via Zoom or FaceTime or from six feet away in an open space.

You need people in your life.

Other people need you in their lives.

Human relationships are a two-way street. Being with people isn’t just about getting your needs met; it’s about helping to meet the needs of others. The author of Hebrews says to “Consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” Our successful completion of that assignment is contingent on us intentionally ensuring we have people in our lives. How are you going to stir others up if you’re living in isolation away from everyone. Again, I’m not saying you have to overlook health and safety protocols; I’m saying you’ll have to intentionally and creatively stay involved in the lives of others.

Other people need you in their lives.

Quarantine lock-down or fully open, don’t neglect your God-given need for relationships and community. They are vital to your emotional, mental, and spiritual health and well-being.