Hi Hope Ames!
I wanted to spend this week alone.
I had thrown together a trip last minute. I was going to unplug, hop on a plane and enjoy some time to myself.
Then, just a few days before I left, a friend asked me what I would be up to over the next week. Before I knew it (within 10 minutes), my trip had grown from a solo journey to a party of three.
I wanted to spend this week alone, but I'm so glad that I didn't.
If I were alone the entire time. I would have hiked 25 miles, climbed a dozen rocks, eaten 11 meals, watched five college basketball games, and eaten In-N-Out Burger (can we all pray for that to come to Iowa?) three times all by myself. It would have been a little lonely (and unsafe) to say the least.
Don't get me wrong. I think getting some personal time here and there is really important (for some, more than others), but we weren't made to be alone. God makes that clear as soon as the second chapter of the first book of the Bible...
"Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone"" (Genesis 2:18).
We aren't meant to go through life on our own. When the Cyclones men's and women's basketball teams win tonight and tomorrow (let's pray for those too, ha!), it's good for us to celebrate with someone. It's how we were made! Likewise, we rely on others when it feels like we're losing.
If you're reading this and you don't feel like you have people to jump for joy with, or you don't have someone to lean on when you're hurting, it's time to get connected. We have life groups, Bible studies and volunteer opportunities at Hope Ames, and it's a perfect way to meet other people and build relationships.
If you're reading this and you know someone who might be lonely, it's time to reach out to them. Don't let someone miss out. Invite them into your life. One of the easiest ways to do that is by bringing them to church. Did you know (according to LifeWay research), 67 percent of Americans would welcome a personal invitation to church? Surprising, right?
Let's get connected with one another and with our Creator (it's what we're designed to do) this Sunday morning at 10:00 in the Ames City Auditorium. Bring a friend, and see you there!