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The Longing To Belong

Dumaluan Beach, Panglao, Bohol

Dumaluan Beach, Panglao, Bohol

I am not meant to live my life alone. I just take a quick look at my body, and I know this for sure.

My body is not made up of one part but of many (1 Corinthians 12:14 NIV), and there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25 GNT).

The truth in my anatomy is also the truth in my relationships with other people. I am wired to connect. I am designed to relate to others.

At strategical points in my life, I felt the longing for belongingness aching to be fulfilled. God put that desire in my heart. I am to be part of relationships in the body of Christ.

I have learned through experience that relationships can be risky. Relationships work imperfectly. People can set me back and hurt me. Have you ever given your whole heart to others, but they gave it back to you in pieces? Have you ever shared your life with others, but they responded with betrayal?

As much as relationships can build you, they can also break you. Tweet

Do not give up in spite of the brokenness that your past relationships have caused you. Tear down the wall you built around your heart and welcome people into your life. Choose to build new relationships and make amends with those that were broken. Why? Jesus replied in Matthew 22:39 (NLT), “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

It is not an easy thing to do, but it is the more loving thing to do, and the more loving thing to do glorifies the One who first loved you.

8 Comments on The Longing To Belong

  1. When we know we are loved fully just as we are by Jesus, how much more open we are to love others too!

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  2. What you have written is the absolute TRUTH. I can only comment from having been in a place like you have described. I was once aware of the fullness of life ahead of me and how being alone was not the perfect will for the one who made me. Yet, my heart too had been trampled upon and strewn around.

    Then, when I was no longer seeking, David and I met at a table in a hostel. He had come from England to find his escape and life of peaceful solitude. I had arrived from a northern Australian State trying to find escape from lonely heart pains. Then, in the public service scene, I found even more solitude and loneliness. Yet, at breakfast one morning, David and I talked. The rest with God is history.

    We will celebrate 50 years of marriage in 2020. Back then, I never even thought I would live (that LONG). Truly, life is a journey, but I would not want to walk this life without a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. He was with me through all the life journey of both the real DOWNS and the time of rich UPS.

    Thank you for the beauty you express on your blog site. Face your future always with HOPE, but take the Hand of God as you go. Blessings!

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    • Thank you for sharing your story! It’s beautiful and redemptive. God continues to bless your 50 years of marriage with Him at the center of your relationship.

      Thanks for the encouragement! I will always face my future because I know that we have a hope and power greater than ourselves.

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  3. Sabi ng isang friend, it’s not “taking a risk” daw, but rather a “leap of faith.” 🙂

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  4. Life is always taking a risk. Minsan ka lang mabubuhay,tapangan mo. -M.a Buendia 😊

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  5. No man is an island.

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