Sometimes we find ourselves asking:
Where do I belong?
What am I doing?
Where exactly is my place in this family, at my job, in my church, in the community, or even in the world?
How do I fit?
What can I contribute, and what exactly can I bring to the table?
Where is my place?
No matter who we are, what we do, where we come from, where we might be going or what our gifts, talents and personalities might be, God has a place for us. There is a place for us here and now on this massive spinning and whirling planet in which we reside. And there is a place for us in the future, as Christ Himself says: “in [His] Father’s house.” (John 14:2 NRSV)
God will always have a place for us.
One of the driving forces and main points of motivation, feelings of fulfillment and senses of worth come from our affirmation that we have a place. In the world, that place can be strongly correlated to having a purpose, a strong identity and sense of self.
If we go through life without a sense of purpose, or a true, genuine identity, then for the most part we feel as if we are just going through the motions.
Wouldn’t it be great and wonderful to have and add meaning to those motions? Wouldn’t it be fantastic to know that the actions you take, the words you say and the thoughts you communicate can profoundly impact the life of another person?
What if I were to tell you that what you did every day went noticed (in a good way) by God?
That alone could be our purpose and our place as we live and serve in this wonderful world God has created for us. Everything we do in life can be used for good and to fulfill God’s purposes. That can—and probably should—be our place on this planet, no matter what group, family or community we belong to or join.
Our place lies with God and Christ.
When we are lonely, troubled, afraid, intimidated or feel as if we do not have a place in this world, we can rest assured that one day we will find our place with God. And no matter what transpires on this planet, during this life and along our own journey, we can know that one day, eventually, when we enter that blissful paradise, we will have a place, and God will have the table set, the bed made, and a hot cup of tea ready to share with us.