Rejection vs Failure: A lot of times… after working very hard, exercising every due diligence known to mankind… at the end of the day – our project, our efforts, our dedication…..is all rejected. While rejection is “mind awakening,” it is not the end is certainly not failure.
Rejections are only “momentary setbacks,” such that can be conquered. So, shake off the “dust of rejection,” and go back to the drawing board. Sometimes, just a degree changed, is like the rudder on a ship…we could end up with a completely different project, and a completely different audience, and a completely different destination.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, we are told… “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” God does not heal us of rejection just for our own benefit. He offers “rejection to us as an opportunity” to reach out to the hurting people around us and share how God has healed us…. How we have gained and prospered because of rejection. We, then, are part of His plan.
One of the “greatest rejections” that I ever endured was when City Council refused to support me in a major hotel development. I went on to “redevelop” the property into another use, and ended up ….from a financial perspective…way ahead of the curve, and no associated debt. Thanks to the God of Rejection…who knew better… my needs, than I did… rejection paid off for me.
It’s not, so much, that a great many people feel rejected and left out of society—but rather… there are so few of us who are willing to share how we were “once rejected and found deliverance.” Our faith becomes alive and alert when we use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to build up the body of Christ. Don’t allow yourself to overcome rejection and not “share the freedom” that rejection brings about. Rejection frees us to reach out, without fear, to help someone else survive and conquer their rejections.
Who are we to complain? Jesus tells us in Mark 6:4 – Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is without honor only in his hometown, among his relatives, and in his own household.”
Don’t take “no” for an answer. Remember: Rejection and failure don’t intersect….they interact.