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‘Better together ’

KAMIAH — Sometimes we hate to admit that we are better together. We like to think we are very independent and we highly value independence. It starts when we are very young and we learn to verbalize the phrase “I do it myself!” From that point on we test the boundaries of our independence. We try. We risk. We fail. We succeed. We emerge with philosophies, preferences, fears and experiences. These early times of testing boundaries can set the stage for the rest of our life if we are not careful. Some people have it difficult early on and they conclude they are a failure, life is too hard, they are not lovable, you can’t trust anyone, and you have to go it alone. Other times we come out of the gates strong but some crisis or tragedy knocks the wind out of us and we begin isolating in hopes of self-preservation. Proverbs 18:1 says “A man who isolates himself ... rages against all wise judgment.” Psalm 68:6 tells us “God sets the solitary in families.” In Genesis God tells us it is not good that man should be alone. We all know that we will get hurt in our relationships, in our families and even in our churches but we are still better together. If there is no risk of pain there is no opportunity to gain either. Some of our greatest pain and some of our greatest joy can come from the same place. If someone isn’t close enough to hurt you they won’t be close enough to help you either. If you have been hurt and have isolated I want to encourage you to get up, dust yourself off and re-engage. Maybe there hasn’t been any trauma but you have gotten distracted and busy; re-engage. We are better together! Even if you aren’t sure you need others I guarantee others need you. We are better together.

Kelly Lineberry is the pastor at The Life Center located at 4432 Highway 12, MM 69.5, Kamiah

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