Only the Lonely 
Monday, January 9, 2006, 09:34 AM - Extra Christy
I've never really lived alone. The closest I've come is a month 25 years ago when I was at seminary in Kentucky and Bette Lynn was finishing work in Pennsylvania. Now, I'm living with my parents in Ohio while my wife and son are in Pennsylvania until my son finishes high school. But last week my parents left for a three month visit to Florida and I have their house to myself.

I found I don't like a big dark empty silent house. How do single people stand it I wondered? So I asked one of my single friends for advice. She declared, "Enjoy it! Now you can do anything you want, whenever you want!". That was not the response I was expecting—that now that I'm alone I should enjoy being the king of the house!

Jesus decided to be alone often. Once, according to John, he left a crowd who sought to make him king because he had given them all the food they wanted.
Jesus realized that they would try to force him to be their king. So he went up on a mountain, where he could be alone. — John 6:15
Jesus chose to be alone instead of being crowned king by the crowd. Jesus didn't need the praise or seek the company of the crowd—he sought to do God's will, not the crowd's will.

Loneliness is when you are alone and seek others. Solitude is when you are alone and search yourself. When you find yourself alone, find out who you are in solitude, apart from the crowd—when it is just you and the King of Kings in the house.

Hoping you are never lonely,

(sent as this week's Extra Christy.)

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