God chose you. The choice wasn't obligatory, required, compulsory, forced, or compelled. He selected you because he wanted to. You are his open, willful, voluntary choice. He walked onto the auction block where you stood, and he proclaimed, "This child is mine." And he bought you "with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:19).
You are God's child, forever. Don't believe the tombstone. You are more than a dash between two dates. Don't get sucked into short-term thinking. Your struggles will not last forever, but you will. It may seem that calamity sucked your life out to sea, but it hasn't. You still have your destiny.
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