Our Deepest Need is to Belong

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

Horses are gregarious by nature.

They’d rather be with other horses than be alone. Regardless of their height, coloring, and disposition, they want to be part of the herd.

So do most people.

A couple of Sundays ago, our pastor challenged us with a bold statement that some may have disagreed with while others silently cheered:

“Our deepest need is to belong.”

What he said makes sense when you think about it. Cities, communities, churches. Families, clubs, gangs. People want to be part of the herd.

Specifically, we want to be heard. But that’s just one of the “be’s” that fall under belonging.

We want to be loved.

And we want to be needed.

God designed us that way, and so He opens His arms to us and says, “Come to Me!”

He wants us to be part of His family, regardless of our background, race, and disposition, because that’s where we belong.

With Him, we can be heard, loved, and needed.

So what are you waiting for?

Come running. Don’t let anything fence you off from where you belong.

And as the pastor says, “Don’t just go to church. Be the church.”

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28


Be heard. Isaiah 65:24; Psalm 40:1

Be loved. 1 John 4:19Jeremiah 31:3 

Be needed. 1 Peter 2:9


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She clucked Ginger into a lope, marveling at the cerulean sky and rolling grassland that spread unfettered between mountain ridges. She felt exactly the same—unfettered. Free yet belonging to someplace, to someone. ~from An Improper Proposal




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4 thoughts on “Our Deepest Need is to Belong

  1. We all have to remember that when we accept Jesus as Savior that we become part of God’s family. We will always be loved and accepted by Him. He will always be reaching out to us in our time of need. We need to draw close to Him and trust Him to meet our needs.

  2. Yes, Karen!

  3. We should all love our neighbors. A kind word, a hug or a prayer will go a long way.

    1. davalynn

      So true, Glenna. Such things mean more than we may think at the time, and can make a world of difference to others.


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