R-E-J-E-C-T-I-O-N… How else can it be said? Rejection is REJECTION. How many ways are there to say… I don’t love you; or I don’t want you; or what you have; or what you propose? We all have tasted the pain of being turned down from a job; or worse…being dismissed from a job, or some other form of being spurned, refused, or rejected.
I know that I have. There’s too many to count. In fact…while I’ll not address the details here…I’ve experienced REJECTION some 400 times in the last five years. …not a pretty picture. The question is: Did I let the rejection defeat me? Do I consider the rejection a form of failure, or a setback? Heck NO…no…no…and NO.
I consider it a challenge to get up, brush off the debris and go to the next OPPORTUNITY. I consider every rejection an opportunity. It gives me an opportunity to adjust my way of thinking, or my direction, or formulae, or the recipe. It gives me an opportunity to IMPROVE my delivery, my presentation, or my persona; or just to PRAY about it…that I’m doing God’s will. Maybe I should enter through the back-door.
That said, though, there are certain criteria that cannot be changed (on my part)… due a moral, or some other standard of excellence….which means, then… I MUST change the criteria on the other end of the deal… the receiving end. How is that done?
Maybe we should better educate the receiver. If we were making a video presentation, as an example, then maybe the lighting was bad, or the sound, or maybe the receiving end wore a hearing aid that was not properly adjusted; or possibly… maybe he needed a new prescription for glasses. Maybe there was something about me that did not set well with the receiving end. Was it my race, religion, body odor, bad breath, or was he/she just bias?
Anyway…change what you can about yourself, as long as it doesn’t require changing the integrity of the deal. If that doesn’t work, then change the heart of the receiver. Hard? Sure, but it can be done.
Another consideration is…maybe God was not ready for you to accomplish “the deal” just yet. Maybe the timing was bad, or we need to wait it out….until it stops raining. Have you ever thought how many times Jesus Christ is rejected? Maybe every minute, or every second… of every day. Maybe by you…or me…or the other guy. How does Jesus handle REJECTION? Does He stop loving us? Does He give up on us? Does He wait for it to stop raining? Or, when we feel better?
Be assured of this, though, Jesus will NEVER reject YOU, or me. He is it the deal for the long haul. Jesus NEVER…EVER… gives up on us. Psalm 34:17-20 – When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. …
Often times… rejection is ‘just a frame of mind.’