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Cabin Fever

By Don Loftis | 03.16.16

We are all familiar with “cabin fever”.  It typically occurs during extended periods of bad weather or serious illness, during which times folks are unable to get out of the house very much.  They get tired of looking at the same four walls and get on the nerves of others similarly confined.  Vacation stays in close quarters can produce some of the same effect.


Even churches can experience a type of “cabin fever”.  Winter weather and illness tend to limit our activities, and our desires to serve one another can suffer.


The spiritual solution usually lies in getting out and doing something for someone else.  Instead of looking in our mirror at our problems, we need to look outside our window and see the needs of others.  Instead of spending so much time thinking about our feelings, we are better served to experience compassion for the hurts of others.  Paul’s solution for cabin fever is seen in Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”


Spring is here (at least we hope), and our church calendar is about to fill up with great events to get all of us out of “the cabin”.  I found it in my trip to Clover; you may find it in a ministry opportunity like the Inner City Dinner.  It may come in the form of supplying relief kits through Healing Hands or helping with a teen retreat.  As we carry our fellowship out to the parking lot, let’s celebrate a victory over cabin fever, at least for this year.


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