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I Don’t Belong Here . . .

This morning, not unlike other mornings, I woke up to the sound of some song playing on my cell phone, which doubles as my alarm clock/news “paper”/link to the outside world/calculator/calendar/camera/etc… This morning, not unlike other mornings, I went through the usual routine of getting up, and getting ready to go to a place I go to often; same people, same place, same schedule.  Only today, as I was looking around, smiling at folks, saying “Hello” and “Good morning”, I thought to myself, “I don’t belong here.”  Now, it wasn’t anything anyone had done or said.  It was just something I felt.

Do you ever feel like you don’t belong here?   Here?   Where’s here?  Here might be
work, school, church, wherever.   If you don’t belong here, why do you keep coming back?   Is it because it’s what you are “supposed” to do?

Sometimes you want to sit in the back.  You don’t want to make too much noise, or call too much attention to yourself.  Maybe if you’re quiet enough, others won’t actually realize you don’t belong here.  In other situations though, you want to shout out, “I don’t want to be here!  I don’t belong here!”

What is it you really want to do, and why is it you keep going back to the place or to the person where you feel like you don’t belong?  Is it because you have no place else to go?  Is it because you don’t know what else to do?  If this is where you want to be or who you want to be with, then you do belong here.  We all want to be a part of something.  We all want to matter.

You decide where you belong.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:21 NIV

This statement is talking about storing up treasure in heaven.  However, it can also help us figure out where we belong here on earth.  What are the things you are thankful for?  What do you treasure?

Make a list.

Try to list 12 things you are thankful for.   Having trouble?  Some days the list may come easy.  Other days it may seem like there is not much to be thankful for.  Think hard.  Look at

your list.  That’s where your heart is.  That’s where you belong.

1. Be thankful you got up this morning

2. Be thankful for the air you breathe.

3. I’m thankful for my family.  When I’m with them, I feel like I belong.

4. I’m thankful for the air I breathe.

5.  I am meant to be alive, taking one day at a time.

6.  I’m thankful I managed to stay out of trouble today.

7.  I don’t belong in trouble.

Where do you belong?  Where do you long to be?

Debbie Hundley

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