Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong here?
Did you know that’s because you don’t?
No kidding – you’re an alien. Seriously!
Don’t believe me – do have a great group of friends, but still, somehow, something’s off? Or you might have only a few, or even no friends, and you KNOW something’s not right. Or maybe your sense of style isn’t quite like everyone else’s. You dance to a different beat. You just know there HAS to be something better than this day-to-day-to-day life.
But everything around you tells you that you’re wrong. Everyone else fits. You will to; you just have to figure out how. Get a boyfriend. Dress differently. Listen to Justin Bieber or One Direction (no, please don’t). Get better grades. Be a nerd. Be a cheerleader. Act a certain way. Eat certain foods. Weigh a certain weight. Enjoy certain movies. Do your hair a certain way. Get to a certain level on a certain video game. Learn to drive. Go to college. Know what you want to do with your life. Have a purpose. Have an awesome bedroom! Blend in!
And while none of those things are inherently bad in and of themselves (except for maybe Bieber or OD or blending in), they aren’t ever going to quiet that nagging feeling that you don’t belong here. That you were made for something better than this. And people will tell you that’s normal, to not to pay too much attention.
And they’re right. It IS normal. Because you weren’t created for the world! You weren’t created to fit in here! At least, not with the world as it is right now. Believe it or not, you were created to “fit in” in a perfect world, one where Eden existed and there was peace. Where death was unheard of, and no one was ever ashamed. A life that would fit in up in Heaven! You’re just in the wrong place! Go figure, right? Doesn’t help with that restless/ frustrated/ out-of-place you have feeling right now, does it? Sorry.
But that’s the point. You’re not supposed to live a life that fits in here. If your life looks too much like everyone else’s, something’s wrong. You were made for something better, greater and grander than our current broken earth. Unfortunately, living a life that would fit in heaven, usually means a bit (or a lot) of pain and discontent while living on the earth.
And so, what does living a heaven life here on earth mean?
It means you love people here when everyone else turns their back on you (even when the person you are trying to love turns their back). It means knowing your money isn’t yours – it’s God’s. And when He asks you to do something with it, you do it, no matter how little sense it makes. It means having different priorities than everyone else. Your goal isn’t to be the best or the richest or the prettiest or the one at the top (that’s all over rated anyway). Your goal is to love the people around you the best you can, and then love them even better because Jesus is loving them through you.
Your goal is to, in everything, bringing God glory…in a way HE wants. Don’t EVER assume you know what will bring God glory. That’s up to Him. So, ask. And if He doesn’t respond, you move forward in the way your heart tells you. Believe me, if your heart is in a place that wants God’s will to be fulfilled, He is not going to let you go in a wrong direction. He might just be waiting for you to move and THEN He’ll direct you. He does that sometimes.
So, know you don’t belong here. When you feel out of place, when your heart yearns for something better – that’s because that’s what you’re made for. Don’t give up heart. You’ll get there one day. In God’s perfect timing, He’ll bring you home.
But don’t forget while you’re here on earth, that you don’t belong. Don’t try to fit in. Just be the wonderful you God created you to be.
After all, you’re an alien here!
Thankfully, you’re not the only one. Which is why things like good friends who ALSO know they are aliens are important. They can help you be an alien-life form here on earth.
But don’t ever let anyone convince you that this is your home, that you’re an earthling. And believe me, there are a million voices trying.
But you’re not. You have a fuller, crazier, more meaningful life ahead of you than an ol’ earthling does. You’re an alien, longing for your own world. A world you call home.
And that’s a beautiful, wonderful, (yes, sometimes painful) thing.
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
Hebrews 11:13 – 16 (ESV)