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2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..
Today's word: Belong
Where do I belong? Who do we belong with? Who belongs with us? Which group do we belong in?
We all ask these questions, either in our words or our actions. We find places we belong, then discover we really don't. Groups of people that we hang with, then find we have outgrown them, or they us.
In grade school they call it "best friends", in highschool they call it "clicks", as we grow up they are organizations and clubs...
Here is the kicker, in the end we have a few places where we really do belong. The first is family, yes we might have differences, we might have disagreements but family is always family. Some families are given to us at birth, and others we are chosen to be part of. We have the family we are born into (or adopted into) and then we have the family we choose to start, with our spouse and even children. We always belong with/to family, even when we choose not to participate in that family.
And then there is God. And like family we have a place in Him, with Him. And we can choose to ignore it, or not believe, but our attitude towards the idea of God, the faith, or the religion does not change the fact that we belong. God created us, He loves more perfectly and more unconditionally then we can imagine. We can choose not to participate or even acknowledge, but still we have a place with Him a place where we belong. No matter what we do, all we need is to seek Him and ask forgiveness and grace. God's Love is never ending, it does not wane, it does not grow cold or weak.
In my own life I have discovered that when I seek my place with God, this is when I am the happiest, the most content, and the strongest. And that seeps into the rest of my family and friends as well. My own well being effects all those around me, just as those around me effect me. And the positive is much stronger than the negative, so if we charge our lives with the positive, with the belonging, that we can find in God, it really can make everyone's better.
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
But if you will look to God and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your rightful place.
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
If we live, we live to the Lord: if we die, we die to the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
and let the peace which Christ gives settle all questionings in your hearts, to which peace indeed you were called as belonging to His one Body; and be thankful