Fitting In

Its that time of year when the NFL draft is in full swing.  Teams are making decisions that will complete their team and hopefully propel them through the playoffs.  But what makes them the best fit for a team is not their skill level because all of them have skills, but how well they can play for the team, or how well they fit in.

When I was young we moved several times.  Each move involved cultural, social, economic and environmental changes.  It was always a tremendous challenge for me to figure out how I fit in to the new situation.  Relationships were already established and experiences were already anticipated.  I didn’t have any relationships and often my responses were not what was expected which made me a target.  I was behind right at the beginning so I had to overcome a lot to just start even with others.

Probably the most difficult place for many people to fit in is in church.  They do not have the church language down, they don’t know the history or even know how to maneuver thought the Bible.  They feel out of place like everyone is staring at them and they are quite uncomfortable.

I had one experience that I treasure to this day.  One of the students came up to me as I was walking down the hall and introduced himself and then welcomed me to the school.  It wasn’t a major thing in many respects but it meant the world to me.

Figuring out how to fit in to God’s plan for you in this world is undoubtedly the most important adjustment you will ever make in your life.  A lot of time it is described as your purpose in life.  Jesus underscored its importance in John 3 when He told Nicodemus that “you must be born again.”  God’s plan for you is not just for your comfort in this world but it is eternal in its scope and purpose.  Gods plan for you is first stated in Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  His plan is to complete you in the fashion of Himself and to dwell with you for eternity.  You were chosen before creation ever came to be because God looked down the corridors of time and saw you chose Christ.  To put it another way, God chose all those who choose Christ.

You fit in because you made the decision to be a part of His plan and now follow in obedience, placing your faith in Him and not in yourself.

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