Proverbs 15:22 (NIV) Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

A recent study reported that the loneliest people in America are college students. Surprising? Other groups showing high levels of loneliness were the divorced, welfare recipients, single moms, housewives, and the elderly. This covers the majority of our culture, indicating that loneliness is an American crisis. I am certain some single people and some married people would like to have something to say about this study!

To illustrate just how lonely many people are, Chuck Swindoll one of my favorite preachers tells the story of a Kansas newspaper ad, which read, ‘I’ll listen to you talk for 30 minutes without comment for $5.’ Swindoll said, ‘Sounds like a hoax, doesn’t it? But the person was serious. Did anybody call? You bet. It wasn’t long before this individual was receiving 10 to 20 calls a day. The pain of loneliness was so sharp that people were willing to pay to talk to a complete stranger for a half hour of companionship.’

Point to ponder: We were created for relationships. Don’t go through life solo. Connect with someone today, and have some people in your life that really matter in good and bad times.

I am excited and grateful to have you in my life; we are connected and need you to know today that I love you all!

For His Kingdom,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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