when I planned creation.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined
according to the plan of him who works out everything
in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order
that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be
for the praise of his glory.
I was a little boy, I used to hang around my big brother
a lot. My parents would sometimes make him take me with
him despite his protests. While he was not always thrilled
to have me tag along, he was always there to protect me
from his much older friends when things got rough. But
one of things I remember was the fear that I felt when
we would go to a local park to play a game of baseball
or football. Being extremely small for my age and 4 years
younger than most of the other guys, I was not usually
considered as a first round draft pick by the captains
who were choosing the teams.
wants to be the last one on the field the player nobody
wanted. Most times I ended up on my brother's team by
default and was considered a liability rather than an
asset. While I survived those trying years with minimal
scars, I realize that the fear of being rejected by the
team is not just limited to our childhood years.
of us, grow up living with the fear that were not good
enough to make the team even in our adult years. Some
of us experience this kind of rejection from our parents
while others from a spouse or family member. Rejection
can happen anytime and any where, from the workplace to
the church. While we will always have to deal with one
form of rejection or another, I am so glad that this is
not how God treats us! There are no rejects on God's team,
for He has a wonderful plan for everybody. He is not a
respecter of persons, so the water boy gets as much love
as the star player.
wants and needs every player on His team. He is the captain
that chose you when He planned creation. He is the master
planner and He has not left anything to chance. You are
wanted and have a wonderful destiny as a child on your
Father, I thank You for choosing me to be part of Your
family. I thank You that I am accepted and predestined
to be Your child, a co-heir with Jesus according to Your
wonderful plan. Help me to fulfill the special purpose
that was determined especially for me on Your glorious
team! In the name of Your beloved Son Jesus, I pray, AMEN.