I remember the day when I finally understood that I belonged to God.
It was the day when it was clear to me that I belonged to no one else. Not even myself.
To belong to God is an incredible responsibility. I tell my own children when they are expressing doubts about their abilities or when they are on the verge of inappropriate behavior — “Remember, you belong to this family.” It is enough to make us all think and straighten up — even if just for a moment.
When the children with whom you walk begin to doubt their abilities and their value, remind them that they belong to God. They will not get it at first, but hopefully, those words said often enough will become the tape playing in the back of their brains when they get older, when they face mountains…alone.
When they are discouraged.
When they look around and friends are few.
“I belong to God.”
When they have utterly failed at something – they still belong to God.
When they have experienced success…I belong to God.