As an extrovert, I would never have considered myself a wallflower in junior high. But when I was the country girl attending my first junior high dance in town, I found myself there — standing up against a wall.
I liked to dance, but I liked boys even more! And now, here I was. The wallflower. Trying to figure out how to get that cute boy to notice me and ask me to dance.
There were a million thoughts running through my head. “Maybe if I looked at him he would pick me…….but what if he DIDN’T pick me? Am I not pretty enough? Not popular enough…..?” And on and on the questions would go through my mind.
What did you experience in your childhood when it was time to get picked?
Do you have good memories because you were the fastest runner and you always got picked first to be on the team?
Or were you like me at that junior high dance? Just hoping to BE chosen.
No matter what your experience was in the past, I think we all have this longing deep within us to be chosen. We may not want to be the star of the show, but we do want to be noticed. To be considered special. To be loved.
Well, the truth is that you ARE chosen. And it has nothing to do with you being pretty or brilliant or funny or talented. God CHOSE you. He says, “My daughter, I SEE you. I notice you. I consider you so very special, and I love you. I. Choose. You. Every. Time.”
I want you to receive this today, dear friend, because it’s the truth! Listen to this: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9.
He chose to bring us into his family and make us royalty! A royal priesthood.
Back in the Old Testament times, priests had many duties. They represented the people before God and offered the various sacrifices prescribed in the law. Only the priest was allowed to enter the Most Holy Place behind the veil to stand before God, because that’s where the Lord’s presence was. However…because of Jesus’ death and resurrection that barrier between God and man was destroyed! And now WE can personally enter into a divine relationship with Him that is SO INTIMATE that we are called priests!
God has chosen to be in an intimate relationship with you. No barriers. No walls. No facades.
We never have to ask ourselves that question I asked at the dance — What if he doesn’t pick me? — because God already HAS picked you. He’s not looking for you to put on your “best self.” He just wants to be with YOU, just as you are!
And if that is not enough to do a little dance about (I prefer salsa-dancing, myself), He has also CALLED us! We are called out of the darkness and into the light to declare God’s praises!
So not only are we special and loved, but we have PURPOSE!
I love the line in the song “Greatest Threat” by Substance Variant, “I don’t want to waste my life. Don’t want to succeed at things that don’t really matter.” Have you felt this way too? Seriously! Especially being a mom, I think we put a lot of hard work and effort into life and I don’t know about you, but I want my life to MATTER! I want it to make a difference now AND for eternity!
So then, what have you been called to? I think that’s sometimes the million-dollar question, isn’t it? What is your calling? Pastor Peter from Substance Church has some great teachings on this, and from them, I’ve learned that when I can match up my passionate areas with what I’m good at, this is a good sign that it could be something that He is calling me to do!
But even beyond discovering our calling, we know that without a shadow of a doubt, we are all called to declare His praises (1 Peter 2:9). We can do it when we are waking up in the morning. When we are nursing a crying baby in the middle of the night. When we are washing dishes. When we are driving to and from work. When we are watching our grandkids. And when we are just “doing life.” We can declare that God is good!
So as you walk out your day today, I want to encourage you to step away from the wall. You don’t have to wait anymore to be chosen, but instead, you can DANCE into your life’s calling, declaring the praises of the One who says that you are enough. Because you truly are.