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Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)
TITLE: Saved from Geekdom
By Cheri Hardaway
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It seemed I had forever been in search of the one who would want me more than he wanted anyone else. Someone in whose favor I could rest securely. Someone who would see me as his princess. I had never questioned this intense desire of my heart to be someone’s one and only.
My dreams for the future had been seeded with children’s toys and television programming – Barbie had Ken, Lucy had Ricky, and Miss Piggy even had Kermit the frog. On the Dating Game, the bachelor always found his dream date. Nourished on this fare, I had fairy tales dancing in my head when I entered my teen years, searching for my Prince Charming.
High school was painful. The latest fads in hair and clothes became my gods. I coveted a position on the cheerleading squad. Failing to meet that goal, I tried for the drill team and ended up a pep squad member instead. Popularity was elusive; Mr. Right even more so. Invisible to the popular crowd, geekdom became my fate – that state of knowing you’re missing something, but you’re not sure exactly what it is that you’re missing. The “frogs” I kissed never turned into princes, and with each new romance and each dashed dream, the hope in my heart was smothered a little more. It seemed that there would never be anyone who appreciated me – especially not someone who wanted to share the rest of my life.
But now I was about to marry a wonderful man who wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. It was a dream come true. I was finally someone’s favorite!
Life is a long-suffering tutor, and I have learned much about favor over the years. The favor I enjoy with my husband, I have not earned by wearing the right clothes or hairstyle. It is freely given, born of unconditional love. And while favor can indeed be earned, the kind of favor my husband has for me is sweet, the finest kind of favor. It doesn’t depend on anything I say or anything I do, and it cannot be lost. You see, my husband loves me just because I am me – pure and simple.
In my eyes my husband’s love is a perfect picture of Another whose favor I enjoy. This One is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He kept me from missing out on eternal fellowship with God; saved from spiritual Geekdom!
I did nothing to earn His favor either. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast,” Ephesians 2:8&9, NKJV.
Like my husband, He knows me and loves me still. He lives to make intercession for me at the throne of God (Hebrews 7:25).
By virtue of my very relationship with Christ, God’s Favorite, I enjoy special favor with God. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy,” 1Peter 2:9&10, NKJV.
I never dreamed I would be so special. My husband bestows favoritism upon me, as does God. In God’s eyes, each of His children is eternally favored. You too can enjoy the favor of God by receiving His gift of salvation.
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