If we are honest with ourselves, we all want to fit in. It would be our most comfortable way to be in the world if wherever we went, people liked us, and included us in their social and visionary missions.
It hurts when:
We do our best to comment on other blogs but receive no communication back.
The people right in our midst choose to engage others in conversation and just simply leave you out.
We work on a group project at work, but the boss chooses two names (not yours) to highlight as the reason the project soared.
Is it pride?
Some of it is. You’re a likeable person with much to offer. Why wouldn’t they want to celebrate your ideas or invite you to the party?
If we are not armored up, the enemy can twist the truth and urge us to inflate ourselves.
“I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Satan will emphasize the ‘I’ as he did with Eve, and send you chasing status, dollar signs and an artificial self-esteem.
Jesus prefers we focus on Him. He is our Healer, Redeemer and Our Source of Abundant Life.
Belonging is a human need deep below the surface sometimes smeared with selfish desires. Being excluded sends a powerful message.
It is like our soul cries, Don’t I matter? Am I not enough?
That desire to be part of a larger something was placed in every heart by God. When Jesus speaks his final prayer, part of His mystery is revealed:
“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory.” John 17:9-10
The ultimate sense of belonging comes from accepting Jesus as Your Lord and Savior.
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
“So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belongs to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life or death, or the present or the future. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”
As I grow in Christ, I find myself standing on the fringe sometimes. The old Julie laments, “I don’t fit in!”
Spirit whispers, “I don’t want you to.”
What are your thoughts about belonging? I would love to hear.
I am little-kid excited about an announcement I have for you this week. Tune into my Facebook page https://Facebook.com/jdibble4Him for the updates and the announcement!
Take a rest, throw a ball, read a book, visit with family, whatever you do this Labor Day, enjoy. Until Wednesday …