It happened in gym class and at recess.

Maybe it was dodge ball or volleyball, or some other sport that needed two teams. As always, teams were picked in a way I disliked. Two people were named as team captains and the rest of us were in a pool of prospective players.

Even though it was nearly 30 years ago, the anxious thoughts rush back as if it was only yesterday, questioning…

“Will I be chosen?”

Oh, how I did not want to end up being the last one, standing there by myself. I always felt sorry for the one who was.

Each player wanted to be chosen.

The same goes for us today.

We still desire to be chosen.

Chosen…

by the handsome guy in Algebra class.

by our boss to receive a promotion.

to be featured in the next publication.

for a job interview.

for the team.

to be someone’s wife or husband.

to receive an invitation to the party.

When we don’t receive the invitation, the job interview, the promotion, and when we’re the last one picked at recess, it can be hurtful, discouraging and embarrassing.

Our pride can take a hit.

Tears easily begin to puddle.

The world will tell us, “See, you don’t have what it takes to be chosen.”

But friend, I have good news. You are already chosen.

Chosen by the greatest Team Captain of all times.

You are chosen

You are chosen by God.

Take a look at these truths…

We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people. 1 Thessalonians 1:4

And one more,

God chose us to be in a relationship with Him even before He laid out plans for this world… Ephesians 1:4a

You no longer have to stand there in the pool of players, praying you won’t be left standing by yourself. You don’t have to fret about getting picked.

He’s already selected you as one of His own.

Doesn’t that just warm your heart??!! Doesn’t that make you feel special, loved and cherished??!! You most certainly are, friend.

Bask in this goodness today. And why not share this truth with another?

God bless you!

Much love,

Julie

 

We’re on Day 6 of 31 Days #CelebratingWhoYouAre. I’m praying your are encouraged and strengthened by these first few days of digging into God’s Word and who He says you are. Thank you for spending a few minutes with me today! (Linking this post with two amazing spaces today: #RaRaLinkup and #TestimonyTuesday.

31 Days Celebrating Who You Are

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