I BATTLE ISOLATION. I battle depression and anxiety and with those comes isolation. It’s sometimes a daily battle. I grew up alone and it’s my “go to”. Some people don’t understand how draining it can be for me to be a pastor’s wife (and he’s a crazy extrovert people-person, but I love him) and called to teach the Word.
Perhaps the disciples got it wrong? Maybe they misconstrued our Lord’s directives when they planted churches and placed elders and pastors over them? Did Paul realize his letters were to a church? Did Jesus actually know He was talking to 7 churches in Revelation? These of course are foolish and ignorant questions.
We were created to be in fellowship with other saints. “Do you love me Peter? Feed My sheep.” Take care of each other. Love one another. Be in fellowship. Worship as a Body. Sit under the authority of a godly overseer. Do not forsake the gathering of the brethren. “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.” Proverbs 18:1-2
And so I battle my flesh. This chaos around me makes me want to run and hide, but I can’t. My mission has not changed. I know the Word of the Lord and I desire to obey Him in every detail. It’s about Him, not me. It’s about His church, not my desires. I war against the desire to isolate and run my race, casting off every weight of selfishness that hinders, including isolation. You are given the same directives. Are you obeying?#runyourrace
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