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Happy people connect...
Written By Dr. Henry Cloud
"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another..." -Hebrews 10:24-25a
Science has shown that our brains run primarily on three things: oxygen, glucose, and relationships.
Connected people have very different lives from those who are not. They recover from illness much faster. If somebody has a heart attack or a stroke, and they're in a support group where they process the experience, the incidence of a second heart attack or stroke is much less. If they have a terminal illness, the quality of life and the length of time they have after diagnosis is much better. Their immune systems are better. They reach their goals better. They have less clinical problems. They have happier marriages. And on and on and on.
God has created us not only to be gathered together, but also to have our hearts knitted together in love. We must need each other and support one another, especially in the hard times.
So, let's get connected.
(Excerpted from a recent message on the "Hour of Power.")
Prayer: Dear God, help me with my relationships with others. If there is someone who needs a friend, show me that person. If I am lonely, help me to find someone else who also needs to connect. Amen.
Reflection: How do you feel when you're alone and need someone to talk with? When you've found someone to talk with, how do your feelings change?
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"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another..."