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The Danger of Isolating Yourself When You’re Hurting | Stranger Things Devotional

Stranger Things Season 4 is absolutely wild, but at times heart breaking. One heartbreaking portion is the story of Max. She’s dealing with a lot of hurt after the loss of her brother; but instead of embracing her friends; she’s isolating herself from others. Why is this bad? How should we respond when we are going through hard times? Join us to find out.

Written Devotion

In Stranger Things four, we see Max struggling with grief and guilt over Billy (her stepbrother) dying last season. Of course, these are feelings that are standard parts of grief; but as a result of her grief, Max has pulled away from her friends. She’s not talking to them, not sharing with them, and keeping all her emotions bottled up. Today on Geek Devotions were talking about how as Christians, we need to help bear each other’s burdens like Max’s friends would have if she had allowed them. 

As we said in the intro, Max is struggling, which is not uncommon. Her counselor in the show says at one point, she suffered trauma, and as a result, it is normal to have these feelings. Sometimes life sucks. It can be terrible; things happen, budgets get tight, family members pass away, cars break down, etc. And as Christians, we are not protected from this. Despite what some say, Christians can and will go through hard times. But, we benefit from having a relationship not only with God but with fellow believers.

Galatians says this 

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:2 (English Standard Version | ESV)

As humans, we are created to need others; as Christians, we are called to be people others can trust. Be the person someone can rely on to help them through a hard time. Even if it’s just listening to them talk and then praying. Sometimes all we need is someone to listen, and we as the body of Christ are called to be that for someone else. 

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