Pastor Mike’s Minute Message: The Reclusive Life of J.D. Salinger

Posted: April 28, 2014 in Pastor Mike's Minute Message
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Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.” (Proverbs 29:25 NLT)

By 1959, J.D. Salinger had been thrust into fame and popularity, due to the success of his book, The Catcher In The Rye. He would become a recluse, writing much but publishing very little. He was quoted as saying that “a writer’s feelings of anonymity-obscurity are the second most valuable property on loan to him during his working years.”

Many people become recluses, mainly due to the fact of fear: afraid of being hurt, rejected, ridiculed, or unnoticed. Some of our fears are well-founded, stemming from a situation that was faced and never desired to be encountered again. But being afraid of people keeps us from creating relationships and fulfilling our duty to the Great Commission, which is to bring other people into right relationship with God.

Don’t worry about people. We all have the same propensity for inflicting hurt and letting others down. But we are also capable of much good too. By staying close to God and finding your identity in Him, there’s nothing people could ever do to you! And that makes you free to live and love others! You are loved today! Have a wonderful week!

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