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Second Choice?

April 2, 2016

“I think I was my wife’s second choice, too,” says Steve Pikiell.

The new Rutger’s men’s basketball coach makes this comment in the current issue of Sports Illustrated, (4.04.16, p. 16), addressing the fact that the school approached Dan Hurley from Rhode Island first.

Even as we smile at his sense of humor, some of us nod knowingly. There are times some of us feel the same way: “I think I was my wife’s second choice, too.” Or, as I’ve been know to say in amazement, “No idea why Patty ever married me, I’m just glad she did!”

Come with me to a hospital hallway. Notice something I’ve seen while struggling to get the required yellow gown tied behind my head before adding the blue gloves and going in to see someone.

Nurses have come out of patients’ rooms with a pen in one hand, writing something on the palm of their other. Maybe it’s a set of numbers for a chart at the desk. Maybe it’s a child’s favorite package of cookies to grab on the way to day care pick up. Whatever it is, clearly it’s something they don’t want to forget.

Hear the good of the Gospel as found in Isaiah 49:16, See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. 

Hear the good news of the Gospel from John 15:16You did not choose me but I chose you.

Hear the good news of the Gospel, that not only has God not forgotten you, but even more you’re not God’s second choice.

Remember that reality even when it doesn’t feel that way.

You did not choose me but I chose you. See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.

And you know someone who needs to reminded of this today. Who is it, and how will you do that?

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One Comment
  1. Myself. Not sure.

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