Q: Warren, I’ve been living in the same community for years, and I just don’t feel like anyone here likes me. To be honest, I’m lonely. How can I build relationships with others?
A: Building strong relationships with others is vital—especially in our later years. And it always begins with making an intentional connection. While you may have bought into the idea that no one likes you, the truth is more likely that others simply haven’t had the chance to get to know you. In fact, they may even think you don’t like them!
So get involved with others in your community. Be present at events and gatherings where you can meet people and build relationships. When you take initiative in being intentional with getting to know others, you’ll lay the foundations for strong relationships.
Q: I feel like my friends and family have all abandoned me. Is there hope for me in my loneliness?
A: There’s always hope. God promises that He will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He’s always there, even when it feels like no one else is. You can talk to Him just as if you were talking to someone sitting right next to you. He is your closest companion and truest friend. Use your season of loneliness to grow closer with God and you’ll find a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24)!