Friday, July 11, 2014

A place to belong


There is something inside us that makes us want to belong. When we are young, it is overwhelmingly important that we fit in, that we find a group who accepts us.  Most of us dream of being a part of the "popular" crowd, but it may be some sort of group which speaks to a special interest like a sports team or the band.  We will go to great lengths to be accepted, sometimes changing our personal appearance or habits to be like those we admire.

Later on in life, we realize that family is the most important place we want to belong.  Those who are single embark on a journey to find Mr. (or Miss) Right so they can create their own family unit.  Extended family becomes more precious to us as we find we long for our own "people" who understand us and accept us.

Little White Church found in Kentucky
Nothing is more important as family (God created the family as the first institution of society).  However, we need to bond with other believers as well.  I think the best place to do that is your church home. After all, these are the ones we will be with in eternity. If you do have a church home, make the effort to become an even more treasured part of the family. Make fellowship a priority with your church! There are so many opportunities to bless others and to receive blessing in the local church home.

If you are a believer and you don't have a church home, for whatever reason, begin now to find one.  Pray and seek the Father's will.  I am sure He will lead you to a place where not only can you belong, but a place where you can contribute as well.

We need each other!

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Shannon Carrillo said...

"There is something inside us that makes us want to belong." Totally agree. It's crafted in us by our Creator.

And I definitely feel that pull towards family as my husband and I are a few years and two moves into marriage.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Mia De Vries said...

Dear Jerralea
Oh, I agree!!! The most important place where we can belong is within the unity of those who are filled with the Holy Spirit. Like Jesus said that where two or more are gathered in His name, He will also be present.
Blessings XX

betty said...

So true about being part of a church body and going the extra distance to fellowship within it or be part of a small group within it. I know our church body/small group was influential in helping us when we first moved down here :)


Grantham Lynn said...

Beautifully written. I miss having the community you find at church. My husband pastors at a boys prison. That is our community!
Thanks for sharing this!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

What a beautiful post. And it makes me feel extremely blessed that I belong to a wonderful family as well as a wonderful church. I never really thought of it in the way you said it before.