What to do if you don’t have Christian friends
Find out how to be faithful when you're feeling alone.
Deciding to follow Jesus is the best thing you’ll ever do. Whether you’re 11 or 111, Jesus will always be Lord and is always worth trusting.
However, some days you might feel a bit like a lone island in the Pacific; you’re trying to follow Jesus, but you feel like you're doing it all by yourself. Everyone else is off doing something else.
Finding other Christians can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack. Some of us can’t find them at all.
It isn’t always easy feeling like the lone ranger, but there is hope. So, let’s be real: what do you do if you don’t have any Christian friends?
Watch Christian YouTube videos
Pastors, youth leaders, and teen articles love to go on about accountability and the advice that only a Christian friend can give you. Now, that’s great. Some of us just don’t have that option.
My best advice in a situation like this would be to really educate yourself about your faith. Watch online sermons, listen to Christian YouTubers, and read tons of articles concerning Christian life.
If the roots of your faith go deep, it will become all the more difficult for you to compromise and to be swayed by other people’s opinions.
Exposing yourself to an online community of Christians is also a great idea. You’ll soon realise that you’re not the only one trying to scale a mountain of faith in a world that’s trying to lure you into the valleys. Community is important, work hard to make it good.
Be grateful for everything that you do have
While the internet can be a great resource, don’t start living your life 100% online.
Out of all the four corners of the earth, God gave you your special place in the world. I get to spend my days in the sticks of the African bush. You might find your place in the world someplace entirely different.
Wherever it is, just know this: God gave you everything you need to live a full life. Lift your eyes up and look around; there is good in the world around you.
I might not have a buzzing social life, but when I look out of my window each morning, there are these absolutely gorgeous mountains towering in the distance.
Sometimes that mountain range is the only thing willing me to get out of bed in the mornings. I bet that you’re not too far from a different kind of beauty. Get up, take a walk, and experience the world around you.
Being grateful for what you do have will help you focus less on what you don’t have.
Never compromise, but always be kind
Trying to be part of a crowd can be a dangerous game. If you’re not careful, you could end up falling into the same patterns of sin as some of the people around you. Negativity, gossip, and profanity are raging wildfires; don’t get caught up in their flames.
With that said, the people around you are made in the image of God. They might not believe in the same things as you, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have hopes, fears, and dreams. They’re people, and they’re worth getting to know.
The story behind a person can reveal a lot about them. God knows them. He knows why they are the way they are. You might not have insight into their lives, but it takes nothing to show them kindness.
You were never called to isolate yourself from the world. You were called to be in it but not part of it. You were called to be a light in the darkness and a source of compassion for the broken hearted.
Remember that God loves you and that he’s always enough
You might not have a Christian community, but what you do have is a mission field.
The world is filled with hurting people that are trying their best to act strong.
Let God take care of you while you take care of them. He loves you, and he’s the best friend you’ll ever find.
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