It may sound strange, but that would be nothing new for me... Why was I born me? Why not in line for the throne of England, or a starving child someplace? Why after Scotch tape and computers had been invented and not in the Middle Ages? Why was I born into a family with enough money and not into a struggling family? Why was I born the oldest and not somewhere down the line? Why am I a girl and not a guy? These questions, on and off through a good part of my life.... And then Joseph, here on BB, challenged me on something regarding Calvinism, which I am against, by pointing out Romans 9:22. When I read it in context I did not have a problem with it, but that's another post. What caught my eye this time was something I had read probably, literally, hundreds of times before and never realized it was actually the answer to all those ponderings for so many years: "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'" Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common purposes? This, I realized, had absolutely nothing to do with salvation yes or no, but with who we are, individually, and the circumstances of our lives. God will be glorified no matter what we do. But we can, like Pharaoh (as Paul points out several verses before) oppose God so that He will be glorified in showing down the opposition (us), or God can be glorified through us, if we want Him. That is the choice we have. God will be glorified either way. And each of us is born into a time and set of circumstances which God has chosen in order for us to be in a position to be best used by Him -- whether we are rebels or His. But our position in Him is what we have a choice about. Again, God will be glorified either way. And that is what Paul is talking about in Romans 9.