Yesterday, my sweet friend got engaged. It’s those moments where the whole world says “awww” and “Yay” with you. Two people, choosing each other as a partner to share the rest of life. It was fun to see her beaming on Friday morning, holding out that hand adorned with a shiny new, beautiful ring. Fun Friday indeed!
As I thought about the new engagement, the word Chosen kept rolling around in my head. Have you ever considered how many times you have been chosen? Sometimes we can feel very alone in life, but think about all the times you’ve been chosen:
- If you’re married, you were chosen,
- If you have a job, you were chosen
- If you lead a group, say a small group at your church, you were chosen
- If your group has even one member, you were chosen
- If you have friends, you were chosen
- Like us, if you are an adoptive parent, you were chosen
- If you are an adopted child, you were chosen
- If you are someone’s child period, you were chosen. Maybe you think you were an oops, maybe your parents were never married, but you are still chosen.
- If you have family, that may not have involved choosing inititally, but everytime they say I love you, every time they spend time with you, every time they believe in you, they are choosing you as someone that is valuable, loved and someone they must have in their lives. Families often have issues, right? But what if we approached them with the attitude of being chosen?
- God chooses each of us to be receipients of His grace, His salvation, we need only choose to respond back.
- If you are believer, you are chosen to partner with God in doing His work. “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” 1 Peter 2:9-10 (The Message)
It’s so easy to recognize when we’ve been rejected. Unfortunately, we are all rejected by someone during our lifetime. Even those that have chosen us can reject or hurt us from time-to-time. It can hurt deep. Would focusing on all the times we have been chosen instead of the times we’ve been rejected change how long we choose to focus on the rejection? Would it restore joy where hurt had found it’s way in? I don’t know the answer, but the next time I feel rejected I’m gonna give it a shot!
Today I am thankful that I have been chosen so many times! I don’t think I have ever really stopped to consider how often I have been chosen. Ever.
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