People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in world.
I can remember when I had tons of friends, was partying, and spending lots of money and I would think how much fun this was! But the truth is I was so alone and still trying to find something to fill that void.
This reminds me of the story of the prodigal son that Jesus told in Luke 15:11-24. The son had it all – money, notoriety, friends, fast and fun times. Then one day, the parties stopped, the fun times became empty and the void grew deeper. Until finally, his money ran out on him and so did his ‘friends’, the wrong type of people if you will.
I was around the wrong people, had my priorities all out of whack and nothing could fill that loneliness. I had more people around me then I do today and yet I was still so lonely and lost.
Today I have God first in my life. I don’t go out partying nor do I have hundreds of so called friends. I have meaningful and healthy friendships. I am not lonely or lost. Once you step back and realize God is first, it’s clear to see that He never leaves us!
And so like the prodigal son, I ran home to my family, my real friends and to my loving Heavenly Father. In fact, it was Him who ran to me! If you have HIM first in your life you will never be lonely. He is always there waiting for us to call to Him!