Some days the biggest truth we could use a reminder of is, “you belong.”
Because, you know? Sometimes we just don’t feel like we do.
Even with good intentions, I sometimes say the wrong words. I do the wrong things. I mess up even when I try my hardest to act, live, and be perfect. Some days are just one big mess after another.
Then there are the moments where my feelings get hurt, and my heart gets bruised. The enemy of my soul whispers in my ear, “You most definitely don’t belong.”
There once was a time I believed that lie. But today, I know better. Maybe he’s whispered the same words in your ear recently, and after hearing it time and time again, you are starting to believe it.
Friend, nothing could be farther from the truth.
You belong, because you are His.
Please allow me to explain.
We have a favorite child’s movie in our home, and it’s full of lessons for child and adult alike. It’s Toy Story. One of my favorite lessons is the marking of Andy’s name on the bottom of Woody’s boot. Actually, it appears Andy wrote his name on each of his precious toys. Each toy was important to him, and from the toys’ perspectives, with Andy’s name inscribed on them, they knew they were. They knew they were special. They mattered to Andy. They belonged.
Our son loved Woody and the gang as a little boy, and now that he’s grown, he still has a special place in his heart for his childhood toy friends. I won’t confirm or deny if he still has a few of them lingering in his bedroom, but let me just share what’s on Jessie’s boot.
And sometimes seeing Andy’s name is the only reminder I need: I’m marked by the One who created me. I belong.
So are you.
You are marked. You belong.
God took his time forming you, creating you into someone special. Instead of writing His name on your boot, He placed a God-sized hole in your heart that only He can fill.
And when we allow God to take up residence in that hole through His Son, Jesus, we are marked with a special seal. A seal that can never be removed or erased or altered. It’s as if it’s written in permanent ink.
The truth is the Good News. When you heard the truth, you put your trust in Christ. Then God marked you by giving you His Holy Spirit as a promise. Ephesians 1:13 NLV
In the Worldwide English translation look what it says:
You also believed in Christ when you heard the true message. That message is the good news by which you were saved. You received the Holy Spirit whom God had promised. You were marked as belonging to him.
Amen and amen. You and I are marked as belonging to Him.
There is our reminder if we need it today. Even if we mess up. Even if we say and do the wrong things. Even if it appears our lives are one big mess after another. We don’t belong because of anything we’ve done, or how anyone else has treated us.
We belong because of Who we belong to.
And that’s what really matters. That’s a great reason to live free and be who God created us to be.
May we lived like marked ones today!
And just for fun, it might be a good time for a Toy Story movie night.
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