You are chosen

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Last picked or sometimes not picked at all. All those around you seem to easily make friends, but not you. When you open your mouth, all the wrong words come out. You want to be chosen, seen, but you are forgotten, invisible. You watch as those you want to connect with, walk right past you on to others. You desperately want to reach out but feel inadequate and bothersome. You wonder if there is sign on you, something like the scarlet letter, that makes people avoid you. You believe God is real and His Word is true…for everyone but you.

My friend, you are letting the voice of the enemy in to your head. The enemy says you are not enough, God doesn’t see you, no one sees you or wants you, you have no place in the body. God says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). If you believe in (agree with and act in obedience to) Christ and have repented of your sins, you are part of the body of Christ. Every body part has a purpose and the body cannot function properly or in a healthy way without every part. You are needed. You have value.

The enemy wants to keep you down, keep you from knowing the truth of who you are. You are:

Coheir with Christ (Romans 8:17)

You are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)

You were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4)

You are God’s temple and His Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16)

You are blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)

You are so loved by God that He calls you His child (1 John 3:1)

God’s Word is truth. He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).

You cannot have a true belief in God’s love, in His sovereignty if you believe it stops with you. His love, His power, His truth reaches all. Believe His Word and know how much He loves you and how much value you have to Him and His body.

Keep showing up. Keep pushing through, seeking God and walking in obedience to Him. Know that He is not finished with you yet. He has begun a good work in you and He will complete it. (Philippians 1:6)

Live Like the Mountain is Out

Those in the Pacific Northwest we have beautiful mountains around, but with out dreary, rainy skies, we often can’t see them. We have a saying for those days it is clear enough for us to see and enjoy their beauty.. We say, “The mountain is out.”

On the way to my son’s daycare, there is a road that we turn on that faces us right at one of the mountains. When the skies are clear, it is a beautiful sight. Every day we look for it. The mornings we see it, I will say “The mountain is out today!” I can see from my rearview mirror him stretching his neck up so he can see it to. We then say “God, thank you for the beautiful mountain.”

On one such clear morning, as soon as we thanked God for the mountain, I heard a soft voice say “The mountain is always there even when you can’t see it. Why are you thankful only when you can see it?” There is truth in that. The mountain is always there, but I am only thankful when I can see it and enjoy the beauty of it. Is the same true for God’s love and God’s working within my life? His love is always there, but am I thankful only when I see it, feel it? His saving grace is always there. His working within my life is always there. His goodness is always there. Am I choosing to only be thankful when I get to experience the good side, enjoy the beauty of it, the benefit of it? 

What if I am thankful for the mountain even when I can’t see it? What if I live my life in such a way that I choose to be thankful for what I can’t see or feel, but I know is there? I want to be thankful in the foggy days, in the rainy cloudy days because I know God’s love is still there, His saving grace is still there, His goodness is still there. He is still working in my life. Even when I can’t see it. 

I want to live like that mountain is always out.

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