To belong means: to have the proper qualifications, especially social qualifications, to be a member of a group; be suitable or acceptable…
This could be a difficult subject for some…not because the questions I’m going to ask are necessarily difficult questions…but because the answers could hurt…cause pain…
I believe, however, that there is an inner need in each of us feel that we belong someowhere. Until we find a place where we feel welcomed by others…a place where we feel loved, accepted, and secure in our relationship, we will continue to search.
Chip Ingram said recently that the reasons for a joining a country club or a gang are the same…we are all searching for a place to belong.
So, today, would you dialogue with me and other readers.
Here are the questions to consider:
Is there a place where you feel you belong…unconditionally?
Where are the places you most feel welcome…included…like you belong?
Are there any groups, organizations, situations…where you feel you do not belong?
What makes you feel like you belong somewhere?
What makes you feel excluded?
When is a time you felt excluded from a situation, group, or organization?
When you feel excluded, do you think it’s more because of the group or organization, or because of your own insecurities?
Here’s a hard question for a pastor to ask…but I must…
Have you ever been made to feel you didn’t belong in the church?
Do you think the church today (speaking in a general sense about the church…) makes people feel as if they belong?
Let’s talk belonging today…