Monday, August 17, 2009

Dead Man Found 2 Years Later

The body of a man reported missing lay undiscovered for 2 years because police searched the wrong property. The irony was he was at home the whole time. When Walter Bellman passed away in his home in England in January 1998, a neighbor reported that he had not seen Bellman for 5 days. "We went in and searched the flat, but found nothing," said a Sussex police officer, who didn't realize they had looked in the wrong place. Two years later in January 2000, Bellman's nephew contacted police because he hadn't received a Christmas card from him in 2 years. This time the police searched the correct address and discovered his remains.

How is it possible that a person wasn't missed by anyone for two years? It was because Mr. Bellman was a loner. He chose to cut himself off from fellowship, so he had no friends. I'm sure he had his reasons. Maybe someone hurt his feelings, so he withdrew from everyone to protect himself. Perhaps he viewed relationships as a waste of his time. Whatever the reason, when he died, nobody noticed.

Loneliness can be deadly. Peter Lord has said, "The poison of non-fellowship kills so slowly you don't realize it's happening." God has created us so that we need each other. "Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another" (Heb. 10:24-25).

If you're lonely, you can solve the problem. Dale Carnegie said, "You can make more friends in 2 months by becoming interested in other people than you can in 2 years of trying to get other people interested in you." Pick up the phone and call someone. Get involved in a small group Bible study. Go help your neighbor. Do it today.
Keep looking up!