We may not always feel like we belong. We can feel out of place, like we are searching for a home. It may be we feel like we are the odd person out. We don’t quite fit in with everyone else. We can feel like we are sticking out like a sore thumb. Sometimes we conform to fit in – try to act like everyone else. Other times, we may go the exact opposite way so we appear even more unique. Some of us would rather shrink into the background and go unnoticed if at all possible.
Here’s the amazing part – we already belong in God’s kingdom. We are already a part of his big, loving family. Because he made us, we are unique – and that is good. He made us just the way we are and loves us immensely. We do not have to become someone else for God to love us or for us to have a place in the family. He has a place for you and me, just the way we are.
Sure, we have things we need to work on- we are not always kind, loving, peaceful, and joyful. But those are things we work on to become more like Christ. Who we are, at the very core of who we are – is good enough. Who we truly are when all the mess of this world is stripped away is exactly the person God loves. We don’t have to buy things to impress God. We don’t have to pretend to be someone we are not. We simply are loved.
I am grateful he made each of us so unique. We bring special gifts and talents, personalities and surprises. We offer something to the family – a specialty made by a God who loves us. We already belong. Today, may we celebrate that God loves us, just the way we are. No pretending needed. No show required. It is good to belong. It is good to be loved.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
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