Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuff Stuff: "Fitting In"

This week we began our new series "Tuff Stuff" in which we will explore what God has to say about some of the tougher questions we might have.  We started our series with the issue of "fitting in".  We talked about peer pressures we face in our daily lives, and took a look at the story of Caleb and Joshua who were sent with ten others to check out the Promised Land and bring back a report to Moses and the people (Numbers 13:26-14:9).  While the other ten spies talked about how big and strong the people were in the Promised Land, and how they would never be able to defeat them, Caleb and Joshua tried to convince them that they could defeat them with God's help.  The crowd sided with the other ten spies, but Caleb and Joshua didn't give in to peer pressure, and continued to stand up for what they believed because they knew God had made a promise to them.

We talked about how maybe being a Christian means NOT fitting in.  Maybe we are called to stand out because we are called to live into God's calling on our lives.  And sometimes that looks very different from what the world says we should be doing.  No matter what, there is ALWAYS a place we fit in, and that's in God's Family!  We are each unique and loving creations of God, and we will always have a place in God's family.  So for reflection this week, is there a place in your life where you are trying hard to fit in, but don't really need to be?  I hope that you will each find comfort in knowing that even if you don't seem to "fit" in other places or groups, you fit perfectly into God's family!

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