Virtual Isolation

by Calvin and Lisa Wulf

"They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts" Acts 2:46b (NIV).

With the click of a button the garage door opens. She pops in a tape and drives to work. All day long she labors alone in her cubicle, faxing and emailing, until time comes to roll back into her driveway. With the click of a button the garage door closes.

Calvin and Lisa WulfDoes this sound familiar? Stop and ask yourself why most new homes have the garage in front. What ever happened to porches and friendly neighbors stopping to visit? If you are like us, you probably know your favorite TV characters better than your neighbors. We love our VCRs, computers, and the Internet, but our toys just can't ease that nagging feeling of isolation.

We are designed to live in harmony with God, other people, and ourselves. A certain balance seems intended in this plan. When we isolate ourselves from others, do we diminish this harmony?

Perhaps we make ourselves known to God only as much as we invest in being known by others. Isolation could be hazardous to our relationship with God. We may lack inner peace because we fail to cultivate deep relationships. After all, much of what we understand about ourselves comes through feedback from those around us.

We were not created to be lone rangers-God hardwired us for community. We have a deep need to break bread together in the homes of friends who share glad and sincere hearts. Try these tips to restore fellowship to your life:

When times are tough, open up to a real friend, not a virtual chat room.

Go knock on your neighbor's door. He might be nice.

Take a chance join a group or a Bible study.

If we do these things, we will have more joy, the world may need less Prozac and we would all be closer to God. Let's stop hiding in our fortresses and share life together.

Lighten the Load is distributed by Joshua Faith Ministries.

© 2000 Calvin R. Wulf and Lisa Aré Wulf