Friday: 5th July, 2019

Reference text: Genesis 24:1-8

Genesis 24:3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell

While preparing for a presentation a fortnight ago, I chanced across the words “All generalisations are false, including this one”. It took me some time to grasp the core of the message and when I did, I smiled because the idea of generalising beliefs and expectations have played a part in deciding many lives. .

‘You don’t have a choice’ is one generalisation made in situations where the environment is deemed the biggest influence on one’s decision. It proceeds from the notion that we have no agency and are entirely a product of what surrounds us. Yet, Abraham defies this generalisation by showing that ‘just because you dwell among others doesn’t mean you must be yoked to them’.

Sometimes, the reasons we settle for the lesser or the norm, and fall into the bracket of generalisations are because we are afraid of ending up with limited options later or be unsuccessful when we don’t pick from the pool presented to us. We are therefore forced to believe that ‘all there is, are the things that lie within reach’. Abraham, however, rose above the known generalisation to make choices himself. He didn’t allow the apparent ‘low probability’ of finding a wife for Isaac force his hand to pick one from among the canaanites.

My dear, just because we live amongst a certain group of people, are born into a certain family and nurtured according certain tenets does not suggest the entirety of our lives has to fall within those predefined boundaries. We can stretch out farther! We are allowed to make choices beyond those which are apparently ‘the only ones’ available.


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