You Are Chosen
I remember my Freshman year of high school, a social club gave a semi-formal dance that I and some of my classmates planned to attend. I was so excited. My mother bought me a beautiful gold, full-skirt satin dress. Of course, I spent the entire morning at the beauty shop, but it was worth it. I even was allowed to wear real stockings (no panty hose then) which required a girdle to hold them up. 😉 I felt so grown-up and beautiful. We arrived at the dance and the girls stood on one side of the room and the boys on the other. I stood with my girlfriends laughing, talking and pretending we were not anxious about being chosen to dance. The music played through several numbers and finally one boy after another crossed that huge dance floor that separated us and began choosing their girl for a dance. I was last. I stood there for it seems like a lifetime. I pretended I did not care. There was no one left to talk to, so I stood there, not knowing whether to sit down or keep standing—waiting to be chosen. I’m happy to report I was eventually chosen. I was last, he was not the best dancer, but I was chosen.
Everyone wants to be chosen. Who wants to be left standing on the dance floor all alone. I remember that waiting to be chosen felt like there was something wrong with me. That night I knew I was the most beautiful girl in the room, my mother told me I was and the neighbors who came to see me before I left told me I was, but it wasn’t until I was chosen that I felt worthwhile.
You are chosen. You are worthwhile. You are the best in the room. Jesus said so. Jesus says, “I choose you. I am not going to wait for you to decide if you are going to draw closer to me this Lenten Season, I’m not going to wait for you to do anything. Not only do I chose you, but just ask for what you want using my name and God, my Father, will provide what you need to bear fruit.”
How awesome is that. We are chosen and we can get help just by asking. We don’t have to wonder if we are special to anyone. We know that we are the apple of God’s eye and God’s beloved. How do we stop waiting to make a difference in our life and the lives of others and begin the work God calls us to do?
We must grow in faith to serve. Jesus said to ask for anything—that means pray. We can pray for faith to serve with boldness and compassion.
We must grow in community to serve. You are not alone. It takes many people working together to bear fruit that lasts. Join with others to serve.
We must grow in love to serve. Learning to love while serving others takes a daily commitment. Loving others is hard. It is a process; a process of prayer and allowing others to help us.
This Lenten Season, whether you are Daniel Fasting or not, take some time to think about what it means that Jesus chose you. Jesus expects big, lasting results from you. Jesus tells us, “Hey, just ask God in my name and you can do BIG things because I will make it happen.” Ask God to show you the BIG way you can serve! I’m glad Jesus chose me so I don’t have to wait and wonder what to do. I can get on the dance floor with the Best!
Prayer for Day 32: Thank you Jesus for choosing us. We know you chose us to do BIG things when we ask in your name. Help us begin. Amen.
http://www.fivethingsgoduses.com/ This site lists five ways to grow in faith, such as “providential relationships.”
http://liveboldandbloom.com/02/career/how-to-make-big-bold-wildly-exciting-things-happen-in-your-life Many tips to help you “overcome feeling comfortable” so you can do big things