The longing to belong is one of the deepest motivations of the human heart. Belonging gives you context and is a place from which you can actualize your purpose.
If you direct that longing to that which is whole, holy, and sacred, your energies will be directed toward the accomplishment of your true purpose. If, on the contrary, you are careless in the style of your belonging and attach that longing to whatever comes along or perhaps to whatever you are told to belong to, the longing may be quenched, but fulfillment will not follow.
Belonging naively to a clique, club, religion, culture, relationship, or any other systems in which humanity has organized itself never culminates in the deepest fulfillment you can know on earth. It may settle things at the surface of your existence but it won’t satisfy the core of your being.
Be careful as to who and what you give yourself to. Don’t let your longing to belong pull you around by the nose. Direct it, invest it wisely, purposefully, and with deliberate intent. The quality of your life and the actualization of your inner purpose depends upon it!
3 thoughts on “The Longing to Belong”
The longing for belonging signifies that we are not complete by ourselves. We fit together in a design for creative purpose, and we simply can’t achieve what we are born for in isolation or just on our own. What a profound recognition this is, and yet the myth of the isolated hero persists.
The invitation of the sacred is always “come unto me.” Yes there needs to be deliberateness in receiving the constant invitation.
Making the right choices in our lives can become complex and dizzying at times. Where to invest ourselves is basically the use of our free will. I’ve found that squaring it back to the largest purpose always gives me clarity. I have to say my method is not original but the age old question is answered most succinctly in Matthew 22 ” Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
I guess it’s like my north star when I’m navigating my life..as is said, the rest is just details.