I recently read the following statement
‘Worthiness is about love and belonging’
12 and 13 year olds in the US were asked to come up with ‘differences between fitting in and belonging.’
Their answers were very insightful.
‘Belonging is being somewhere you want to be, and they want you.’
‘Fitting in is being where you really want to be , but they don’t care one way or another.’
‘Belonging is being accepted for you.’
‘Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else.’
‘I get to be me if I belong.’
So it could be concluded that fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be in order to be accepted. Whereas belonging doesn’t require us to change, but instead to be who we truly are.
We all want to be loved, known and appreciated, to know that our life has value and that we have been created for a purpose.
When we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ, a whole new world opens up that challenges the modern day culture, view and definition of identity and the value of human life.
It is a journey of discovering a God who created us – who knows us and places incredible significance and purpose on our very existence.
‘Love thy neighbour as you love yourself’
You were created for a revolutionary kind of love and to demonstrate this towards others.
Firstly as Jesus followers (apprentices, disciples) you no longer have to try to fit in but know that you belong as a child of God in the family of God.
Secondly it’s important to live a life that points others to this too. In other words, don’t make others have to try to fit in to your ‘circle’, but accept people and make them feel valued no matter how different they are from you.
Be intentional; model a lifestyle, cultivate a culture that helps others belong too.
“A new command I give you:
Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this they will know that you are my disciples , if you love one another.”
A daily devotion for a better way of living.