The Pulse: No Man is an Island

A magazine cartoon portrayed a thief pointing his gun at a frightened victim yelling, “Okay, gimme all your valuables!” The nervous victim immediately began stuffing her friends into a sack.

One of the major challenges during the past year has been the isolation and loneliness that many of us have experienced. As Jack Donne once said, “No man is an island (or woman for that matter).” And when we live that way – like an island – we inevitably become discouraged. It’s why being in relationships with like-minded people to connect relationally and grow spiritually is so important.

Recently I learned of a way that young adults at GFC are pursuing that type of connection. Several months ago, one of our recent college grads launched a new group called Young Men’s Fellowship. They meet bi-weekly to laugh, build relationships, and grow together in Christ. This is just one of many different groups that are meeting right now (click here to learn about other opportunities to connect with others).

Of everything we hold dear, in my opinion (and the victim’s in the cartoon), relationships are what matter most. With God, and with each other. Let’s fight the inertia of isolation so many of us feel right now so that we can keep seeking to be the community of faith God has called us to be.


P.S. One of the things we talk about at GFC, as a part of our vision, is reaching the next generation. We want to be a church where children, students, and young adults can find life in Christ and play an active role in what God is doing in our community. If you’d like to learn more about how you can be involved by investing in the next generation, click here.


Matt Murphy
Lead Pastor