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Remember with me a moment……standing in the circle of scrawny kids, all huddled together for the same purpose, all awaiting the very same thing. To be picked, chosen, called out of the circle of their equals and peers.  Sadly, not all are equal.  Some are too skinny, too chubby, too ugly, too short, too tall, too slow.  Without me saying much more your mind has probably conjured up a game in elementary school, maybe dodge ball, or kick ball, or baseball.  Some team sport that if I had been the teacher, I would have lined up all the kids and started with the ones that are always chosen last and called their names first to assign teams.  Nothing feels worse to an elementary-aged kid than to be chosen last or to hear the grumbles from the team that is now stuck with you.  I STUNK at all sports! So I heard those words and grumblings often when we played sports during recess or P. E. class.
To be chosen, picked out, called out, looked upon as worthy to throw an air-filled, rubber ball as hard as the next person or to run as fast as my classmates was one of my elementary-aged heart’s desires.  It really wasn’t about the ball or the skill to run the fastest.  I didn’t know that at the time, but as I have grown older, the desire is still the same, only now I can see it for what it really was.  And still is.
We all want to be picked and called out.  To hear our name said first, or at least high up on the list of those chosen.  Like a huge bell in a tall church bell tower that rings out loud and clear, being “called out” rings our bell!  It is placed within us from conception to be chosen, called out, and picked.  Think of the look of delight on a child’s face when they got picked for a team sport or when you ask the simple question, “Do you want to go for a walk with me?”  Their little faces light up at being called out for something.
We all want it.  We all desire it.  Can I let you in on a secret?  You have been chosen, called out, picked!  Like me, not always by our peers or even our loved ones, but ALWAYS by God.  I’ll prove it to you….
Isaiah 43:1 “….I have called you by your name, you are Mine.”
I Thessalonians 4:7 “Faithful is He who is calling you…”
Psalm 65:4 “Blessed is the man whom You choose….”
John 15:16 “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you….”
I could go on and on with Scripture of God choosing and calling me and you.  Realize with me today this one important truth:  You are called out and picked!! God chose you!


Now that truth should ring your bell!