DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My uncle (who's just retired from a job that brought him into contact with lots of people) says he's tired of dealing with people and he's going to spend the rest of his life breeding dogs because they don't cheat you or criticize you. I understand what he's saying, but doesn't he have things a bit out of balance? —M. M.
Dear M.M.: If your uncle actually follows through on his plans, then yes — he could end up with his life out of balance. Completely avoiding people may seem like a perfect way to deal with stress — but in reality it creates its own problems.
Why is this? One reason is because God put within each of us a need for companionship. We aren't meant to be solitary individuals, isolated from everyone else and interested only in ourselves. We need each other! Shortly after God created Adam He declared, "It is not good for the man to be alone" (Genesis 2:18).