Have you ever struggled with feeling accepted? I recently watched a movie where this was the main character’s biggest issue. This character was the Grinch and if you watch the new version of this film, you’ll see that Christmas – a time where many people feel lonely – was particularly difficult for him. The Grinch had spent a lot of time being alone. He was hurting. He felt like no one cared for him. And every Christmas was a painful reminder of the lack of acceptance he felt day after day, year after year.
But if you’ve found hope and acceptance when you’ve felt alone, what are you supposed to do now? What can you do when your friends encounter this terrible feeling?
To answer this question, let’s start by looking at what exactly it means to be alone. It’s not hard to define loneliness because it’s a big part of our culture. But one thing you may not know is that solitude also affected past societies. We discussed this in our previous blog post. And in Luke 22 we read that Jesus felt alone because even His closest friends betrayed him and fell asleep when He needed them most. So whether we look to the past or the present, a need for acceptance affects us all.
But a deeper look at the Grinch’s story shows us that there is a solution to the problem of loneliness. You see, something changed in this character’s life. Or rather, someone took a simple step that changed his world for the better. A little girl invited him for Christmas dinner and then his heart grew three sizes! This shows that we can make a difference in people’s lives by being a friend.
What would it look like if you were the one making a difference in someone’s life? To find out, join our 12 Days of Vokemas Social Media Campaign! Over the next 12 days, we will post challenges that will help you connect meaningfully with those around you. When you complete a challenge, post about it using the hashtag #12daysofvokemas. That way you could feature on our blog at the end of the 12 days when we celebrate the positive impact we’ve made. The truth is that even when our friends are super connected and spend lots of time online, most of them still struggle with loneliness. Loving them and accepting them for who they are will truly make a difference. So how can you bring hope this Christmas? By being a friend who brings hope to those afflicted with loneliness.
Finally, remember that the best way to share hope is by remembering the source of hope. Christmas is a great time to reflect on the acceptance we find in Christ. So remember His love as you join the campaign and bring hope this Christmas.