Do you feel the draft?
Steve Teel

Once again I waited by the phone. One more year, and one more NFL Draft passed without even a call from the Cleveland Browns. With family and friends gathered and ESPN's cameras rolling, the humiliation mounted with each subsequent round that I wasn't chosen.

To add insult to my injury, there were players from colleges I had never even seen on SportsCenter. Players from each of these college teams were selected during the draft: Rowan; Lenoir-Rhyne (the Bears play football in North Carolina); NW Oklahoma State; Lambuth (located in Jackson, Tennessee); Northern Iowa; Hofstra; James Madison; Furman; Texas A&M Commerce; Troy State (Ala.); Richmond.

The emotion of players being chosen or passed over in the NFL Draft captures my attention. Players who seem to have emerged from nowhere suddenly are thrust into the spotlight of their Rocky-like dreams.

Unfortunately my 5.5 time in the 40 (wind-aided and on a fast track) and my lack of muscle, size, and hustle have not yet drawn a call from the NFL. My dream to be chosen by a football team will go unfulfilled.

But while no press conference was called, and Chris Berman was not there to discuss my strengths with Joe Theisman, the fact that God chose me to be His child easily surpasses any thrill the players must have felt this past weekend. The Creator of the universe chose me for eternal relationship with Him. He called me by name. He selected me to be His child. Further, He picked me to bring Him glory.

You are chosen as well. God has chosen you for a purpose that no one else can fulfill quite the way you can. Just as Paul was God's "chosen instrument to carry my (God's) name" (Acts 9:15) to the nations, you too are chosen for a glorious purpose. Further you are God's draft pick called to declare God's praises to the world. "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (I Peter 2:9).

When God chose you, ESPN may not have cared, but the Angels in heaven were watching with great interest. Have you agreed to be a part of God's team? Jesus said, "For many are invited, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14). God has chosen you. Jesus calls your name.

Have you said yes to Him?

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