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Within every human soul, there is an intimate longing to belong. To belong somewhere where we don't have to pretend, and yet we are still accepted as we are. This search for belonging leads us to some places far from that mark. Often in our search for a place to belong we find a place where the false self we create out of a longing to belong belongs, but our true self remains lost and alone, seemingly distant from the world itself. When searching for belonging, we are vulnerable to picking up bad habits, sometimes addictions, and often changing the course of our lives to fulfill our craving to fit in. In our search to belong somewhere, it is often not the place around us that molds to us, but rather we mold ourselves to our surroundings in order to create the illusion in our own eyes that we belong. In this process we lose our true selves. Our true selves get shoved so deep down within our being that we no longer see that person when we look in the mirror. Instead we see a mortal body, a shell that we no longer belong in. The only source that can bring that true self to fruition once again and provide a state of belonging is the love of Christ. Belonging is not a matter of where we GO, but rather of who we allow to dictate our lives. When we allow God to be that source, rather than our "friends", colleagues, or material items of the world, we find authentic belonging. In His presence is where you find belonging, and a new identity as one loved and accepted as you are. This is a belonging found nowhere else because Christ is the only source that wants to give and never requires anything in return. Created as a citizen of Heaven, we can go nowhere but to the Creator of the Heavens and the earth for belonging. Nowhere else. Where do you find yourself searching for belonging? Stop searching. It's only found in one place, and that place is not of this world.
Hunter Kallay, author of "Plug in Your Life." He is a Christian leader and speaker.