But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for His possession,
so that you may proclaim the praises
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9
The Lie We Believe: We’ll never be chosen
The Truth: You have been chosen already
Growing up I would have done ANYTHING to get out of gym class. Especially when it came to activities that required choosing teams. I’ve never been particularly athletic, or popular, so I just knew down deep in my bones that I would be last. Being chosen as a last resort hurts almost worse than not being chosen at all.
Being a creative and a person who is constantly full of ideas, the internet can be like one giant gym class. I would love to speak at that conference, but they always pick someone else. I would love to teach a course about that, but she got to it first. I actually did something I’ve always wanted to do, but the bigger, stronger, more talented person over there is now trying to capitalize off of it.
When I forget that I’m already chosen, all the things I don’t get to do start to pile up like a big list of failures. Places and platforms that were never intended for me become goals because I want to finally, for once, be chosen first. I lose sight of the path God has put me on and all of the exciting opportunities that arrive for others don’t bring me joy – they cause jealousy.
Oh but when I remember what God says about me – that I’m chosen, holy, set apart – created to give glory to God and not myself? Then I find joy in the work that I do. I see the treasure of the doors that are opened – at the right time for me, my gifts, and my family. I can create confidently, knowing that whatever happens with it has nothing to do with me, but is part of the story God is writing with my life.
Then I can celebrate for others. I can see my path clearly and find joy when they discover theirs. I can stop chasing dreams that belong to someone else and instead stay true to the woman God created ME to be.
- Have you ever been chosen first for something? How did it make you feel?
- Do you struggle with feeling like you’ll never be chosen?
- How does this Truth encourage your heart today?