Word Wednesday Nugget Carefully Chosen


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Dr. Rebekah McCloud

I recently completed a new vision board that will act as my compass for the next three years. I was intentional with the words and images I included. Carefully chosen is one of the phrases on the board that resonates with me.

The word chosen means one who is the object of choice or divine favor: an elect person. There are 276 instances of the word chosen in the Bible. Ephesians 1:4 says, “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “God has chosen you from the beginning of salvation.” John 15:16 says in part, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.”

Mary–to give birth to Jesus (Luke 1:26-38) Esther –to save the Jewish people (Esther 4: 13-14) Jonah– to deliver a message to Nineveh (Jonah 3: 1-2) Moses–to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3: 1-12) Saul–to be the first king of Israel (1 Samuel 10:24-27) The tribe of Levi–to be priest (Deuteronomy 18:5) The Apostles–to walk with Jesus (Luke 6: 12-16)

Being chosen is a big deal. The Bible says many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). God’s chosen people should always keep their eyes on Jesus; He will lead the way. Do not look to the left, look to the right, or look behind. Luke 9:62 reminds us that, “no one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service.” I want to always be among God’s chosen. My prayer is to be found worthy of his choice and fit for his services.

Take a minute and ponder the following piece by an unknown author.

Someone Else

I know that all of you were saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our church’s most valuable members — Someone Else.

Someone’s passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years, and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than the normal person’s share of the work. Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results. Someone Else can work with that group. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s lips, “Let Someone Else do it.” It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the largest givers in the church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed that Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super-human, but a person can only do so much. Were the truth known, everyone expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone. We wonder what we are going to do. Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did? Remember, we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.

Many of us have occupied the role of Someone Else. Some for far too long. Let me encourage you to pray about taking on the role of Carefully Chosen. Let God lead you. “May he equip you with all you need for doing his will,” (Hebrew 13:21). Additionally, the Bible notates several people chosen to do specific work.

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Dr. Rebekah McCloud

More than 40 years of service in education (K-12 and higher education). Authored more than 100 publications , made more than 200 presentations, designed workshops, and facilitated training.  

Rebekah McCloud is a retired faculty administrator who last served as the Executive Director of TRIO Programs at the University of Central Florida. She has one video in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1999 Forum

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