A Reflection on Choosing and Being Chosen

Rick Hamlin writes that even brief interactions can strengthen familial bonds.

- Posted on Nov 20, 2013

Rick Hamlin
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you
so that you might go and bear fruit...that will last...”
—JOHN 15:16 (NIV)

Hi, dad,” the voice on the phone said. It was a bit muffled.

“Is that you, Will?”

There was a pause. “Can you hear me better now?” he said. Much better. It sounded like he was next door. It was Monday. That meant Will was in Singapore, on a weeklong trip for his job.

“Yes, very clearly. What time is it there?” I looked at the clock: 5:30 P.M. here in New York City.

“Five thirty in the morning on Tuesday. Singapore is twelve hours ahead of you. I’m still jet-lagged.”

“How was your trip?”

“I had a layover in Tokyo. I took the train in from the airport and back, so I saw a little of the city. Maybe I’ll go back sometime and see more.

"I can’t stay on the phone, Dad. I have a meeting soon with the office in California and wanted to be sure I could get good reception, so I had to choose somebody to talk to. I chose you.”

I chose you. “I’m glad you did. I hope your meeting goes well.”

“It should. Love you, Dad.”

“Love you, Will.”

I put down the phone and pondered his words: “I chose you.”

It’s often said our families are given to us, but our friends are people we choose. It occurred to me that we choose our families too. We make choices about being close to them, staying in touch, nurturing relationships that run deeper than blood.

There’s a lot to be said for a two-minute conversation from across the world.

Let me always choose to love, Lord.


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