Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Disconnecting
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Social distancing doesn’t mean social disconnecting. Loneliness, especially among leaders, is real and we must do everything we can to guard against isolation and disconnection.
Leaders walk a lonely road. The leader of any enterprise, from a corporation, to a small group, a ministry, or a family – leaders must make decisions which may sometimes be unpopular or risky, and challenged by others’ opinions and feelings. But ultimately the buck stops with the leader and that can feel very lonely. Throw in COVID-19 and the age of social distancing, leaders run the risk of isolating themselves and disconnecting from God and their community.
Here are some strategies for combatting social isolation:
- Be intentional about using technology wisely for meaningful connection. Make a habit of calling someone (calls are better than texts; and FaceTime is the best) to check on them every day.
- Increase quality of time with others. Don’t let quarantines turn into an endless Netflix marathon. But really connect with your loved ones and with those with whom you’re sequestered.
- Meet new people. As you’re searching for toilet paper, have a conversation with the stranger standing a couple steps away from you acknowledging that we’re all in this together and that we’ll get through. Those tiny moments of connection can have a lasting impact on how we feel.
- Enjoy times of solitude. If you’re task-oriented like me, the need to accomplish things can easily take up all of your time at the detriment to spending quality time with God. We need to simply take time to be alone with God, without tasks or an agenda, (like bible study or sermon prep), and sit in His presence, in worship where He affirms our faith in His unconditional love. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalms 46:10
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