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DO YOU BELONG?
Where do you belong? Are you trying to fit in, be noticed or recognized? Are you tired of trying and trying when you don’t feel anyone else is? Do you belong to a family or have no relatives? When all things are considered you will see that even if you have no connections with anyone at all, you are still a part of God’s family and He loves you. That is where you belong----in the family of God!
Have you ever tried to fit a puzzle piece that didn’t belong? You turn it around and around only to see that no matter how many times it is turned, it still won’t fit! Why? It isn’t the piece that belongs there! When you do find the right one, it goes perfectly in place.
A child’s hand is fit into that of their parent as they stroll along together. When we walk with God, our hand fits into His too and we find we belong to HIM!
Isaiah 43:1 "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Michael W. Smith sings a song---Place in this world and talks about finding a place to fit in and be accepted. Looking for a reason-going through this life to find a place in this world, is a line from the song.
Stop looking to fit! Stop worrying about opinions that are critical. Stop worrying about belonging! We all have a place we fit and are different in many ways. Our likes and dislikes are not always the same and we are all created in God’s image so we have to accept the differences and stop trying to belong or fit. In all reality, we all have been chosen of God for many different plans through life that He has for us.
As parents, our children are given to us for just a while. God has given them to us to raise, educate, encourage, love and appreciate. We need to train them to love God, read the Bible and pray each day. We don’t always have them and in God’s time, many things change whether we like it or not. Some people experience the death of a child, others lose them to drugs, abusive relationships, or a host of other reasons. We need to remember that our children only BELONGED to us as parents, but for a short time and then we release them to God for His direction and pray what we have instilled in them will be beneficial to them as adults. Remember—your children don’t belong to you, but to God who created them, and gave them to you but for a season.
Don’t be greedy with your personal items that you think belong to you and be willing to share. Your house, car and everything you think belongs to you, may vanish but God will remain. Remember—you could lose it all in an instant! Keep your perspective!
Deuteronomy 10:14 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.
Job 12:13 "To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
We all belong to God and are His children. We may condemn, discourage or ridicule someone we don’t think fits our ideals, but the problem starts there and never ends. Start believing today that things will change because you are part of the solution. You can do your part to the best of your ability and with God’s help to not be the problem, but the solution instead!
Take steps to become a better person with a great outlook on life and perspectives and realize that only with God’s help can we belong any place. Others will help or defeat you along the way so keep your attitude positive and don’t be ruffled by the obstacles in your path. You belong to God!
Written by Cathy (12-27-04)
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28 Dec 2004
AMEN! A very encouraging article and so true. We all have our place in the family of God. Blessings, Sharon
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