So a friend of mine recently had an epiphany about belonging. She went on a group campout, the same annual campout she had been on before, but this time it was different. The people she usually hung out with on the campout weren’t there, so she had to mingle with everyone else.
The back story: this friend of mine has been struggling with her sense of belonging. What groups does she belong in right now?
After the campout, I asked my friend, so had your friends you always hung out with before forced you to stay with only them and kept you from interacting with others? Her answer was that she had been placing limitations on herself.
How do feel like you belong to a group? Start acting like you belong, it is a little known secret to belonging.
The kids in our church are really shy for some reason. So most of us on the church campout were thrilled to see three of the shiest ones putting on a skit for the evening worship program. There was some music playing in the background, but the skit itself was in silence.
It was cute to watch one kid walk up to, inspect and eventually sit down in a chair clearly and brightly labeled “Sin.” He then squirmed and pretended that he was stuck in sin. My youngest son then came by with a Bible to help, but the kid stuck in sin refused.
Three more people came by, all of which the victim reached out to for help, but none of them could do it. The Karate man couldn’t. The witch doctor/magician couldn’t and the body builder couldn’t do it. Finally the boy with the Bible came back around again and this time the kid stuck in sin decided he was ready to try the Bible and get out!
It was a simple skit, but the lesson is huge. There are many things we look to in life to solve all of our problems, but when it comes to the entangling morass of sin, the Bible and the God it reveals are the only answer.