Belonging, it’s a curious concept and elusive for so many. You might belong to a fitness club or gym. A sorority, a civic organization, a cause, a team, a church, or a small group. In fact you probably belong to several things, but true belonging is so much more than being associated with an entity, a cause or even a church.
I recently took a long trip with my hubby of 31 years. We traveled to another continent and wanted to really experience the culture. So we made a choice to lodge through airbnb. We didn’t want to slide in and out of a hotel or resort. We wanted to walk the streets, unlock a common door, walk flights of stairs and unlock another door leading to a flat. A real flat. A flat that is home to someone. A someone who belongs to that city, that neighborhood. In fact our desired experience ‘to belong’ is the promise of airbnb.
I want to belong. Not just when I travel, but every day. I want to be deliberate about belonging.
I don’t want to simply slide in and out of days. Days that lead to months, years and suddenly a lifetime. I want to make choices each and everyday that demonstrate that I belong. That I belong to a place that lasts forever. To a place where every nation, tribe, people, & language worship collectively. A place where no one is about self. A place where all eyes are on the One and only. The One who is most high, the One who alone is worthy. And to Him, and Him alone I belong!
After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language,which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands.And they cried out in a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God,who is seated on the throne,and to the Lamb! Revelation 7:9
This is belonging. Really belonging. A belonging that last forever.
Out of this belonging, my days can bring life, purpose & hope to those longing to belong.
But first I must live as though I belong.