Here is a great mystery:
“To be chosen does not mean that others are rejected,” Henri Nouwen wrote to a secular Jewish friend.
Our preciousness, uniqueness and individuality are not given to us by those who meet us in clock-time – our brief chronological existence – but by the One who has chosen us with an everlasting love, a love that existed from all eternity and will last through all eternity.
The truth is, I am called Beloved:
Keep unmasking the world about you for what it is… the world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this. Every time you feel hurt, offended or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: “These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself… that I am… called the Beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace.”
Keep looking for people and places… where you are reminded of your deepest identity as the chosen one… we have to keep on listening to the many men and women… who, through their lives and their words, call us back to it.
You have to celebrate your chosenness constantly. This means saying “thank you” to God for having chosen you, and “thank you” to all who remind you of your chosenness. Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening you consciousness that you are not an “accident,” but a divine choice.
“Gratitude begets gratitude, just as love begets love.”
When we claim and constantly reclaim the truth of being the chosen ones, we soon discover within our selves a deep desire to reveal to others their own chosenness… our awareness of being chosen opens our eyes to the chosenness of others…
Your life and my life are, each of them, one-of-a-kind. No one has lived your life or my life before, and no one will ever live them again. Our lives are unique stones in the mosaic of human existence – priceless and irresistible.
Excerpt taken from: “Life of the Beloved” by Henri Nouwen.