Sometimes the longing to fit in becomes too much, it hurts when we aren't accepted and we turn aside from that ache and become hardened. Or, we make ourselves someone we aren't just to fit in. Suddenly we are making compromises we never imagined and acting like someone who used to drive us nuts.
This is not just true of a teen generation! This is not an age thing, a personality thing, a "trendiness" thing...
this is a heart thing.
Outgoing, introverted, funny, beautiful or plain, there is a longing in ALL of our hearts that yearns to know we belong...somewhere, to SomeOne. Some of us, unfortunately and painfully, find belonging in detrimental groups and activities like drugs, alcohol, gossip groups and promiscuity.
But for most of us we fill our need by jumping head first into a cause we may believe in, we get really involved with church, our kids schools, we become the one who ALWAYS makes the best grades, we are renown as the most beautiful...etc. You may be asking...well what in the world is wrong with that?
I'm so glad you asked! If that sacred activity of teaching Sunday school was stolen by one who could teach better than you...how would you respond? Has where you fit become WHO you are? Are you allowing your station in life a place in your heart that only belongs to our Lord?
Does this mean we become hermits, stop being with people and serving others? No way...on the contrary! When we are allowing God to meet our belonging-longing, we become more free! We are free to serve, work and love others, knowing if we aren't recieved it won't ruin us.
There is a deep longing in all of us that wants to fit somewhere, and I believe it can only be met by the Savior of our Souls, the only One who really knows us...Jesus Christ. He is the only One who can 1. fill the longing to belong; and 2. show us where we fit into His plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
So, this is part 1 of 4 postings on the question...Where Do I FIT? Come back for more!
Lord, Help us! Forgive us for continually allowing our longing for YOU to be met by other people and activities. Holy Spirit enable us to meet with our God moment by moment so we aren't pulled away by unworthy substitutes. Thank you that we fit into your plan and your kingdom perfectly oh God...just how you made us!
God richly bless you today my dear friends...love all of you and thank you for reading!!!!!!