Friday, September 04, 2009

The Twins of Choice and Rejection

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Whether we admit it or not, we cannot avoid rejection. We all experience rejection in some form. We have either rejected others, or we have been rejected. But rejection isn't always bad. In fact, it's a reality of life.

Every time a choice is made we must reject the alternatives. We choose a spouse. We reject other potential mates. We choose a lifestyle. We reject all other lifestyles. We choose to be alone. We reject company.

God is no different. Throughout the Bible God chose the line of the Messiah. And in so doing, he rejected those outside that line. He chose Noah. He rejected the rest of the world. He chose Abraham. He rejected the rest of Abraham's family. He chose Isaac. He rejected Ishmael. He chose Jacob. He rejected Esau. And on and on.

But this should not come as a surprise. Whenever we make a choice, rejection is its sister. In fact, we can't help but do this, because it is the nature of reality. More so, we can't avoid rejection anymore than we can avoid making choices. We make a choice every day we get up in the morning, take a breath of air, or eat. And because of this, we reject the alternatives — like staying in bed, holding our breath, or not eating.

However, we are in trouble when we reject these truths. When we are not deliberate in our choices, and when we are unconscious about what we reject, we fall prey to the law of unintended consequences. Therefore, if we want good in our lives, we must consciously reject the bad and accept what is good. Just like the farmer who wants wheat, he must plant kernels of wheat rather than crabgrass seeds.

What are you choosing for yourself today? And what are you rejecting? Think about it.

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