As an author I deal with rejection. Boy howdy. Do I ever. You may not be an author, but I believe it safe to say somewhere during your life, you have experienced the pain and awful sting of being rejected. If you can’t think of anything right off, perhaps you could go back in your mind to your early teen years. Yikes.
Maybe the rejection came from friends. Family. School. Work. Business endeavor. Church…Wherever it came from, it hurt.
In her book, Embraced, Lysa TerKuerst suggests three things to remember when we go through rejection of any kind. I’d like to share those with you today.
One rejection is not a projection of future failures.
Lysa says we need to acknowledge the hurt, but don’t see it as a permanent hindrance. Move on from the source of the rejection. Don’t let it shut you down in that arena of life. Don’t let it reach into your future.
There is usually some element of protection wrapped in every rejection.
Once we get past the rejection, we can look back and see how God allowed things to unfold the way they did for our protection. In his mercy, God allowed this.
This is a short-term setback, not a permanent condition.
The emotions that feel so intense today will ease up over time as long as we let them. If we give this rejection power to define us, it will haunt us long term. If we only allow it enough power to refine us, the hurt will give way to healing.
Did one of these three suggestions for when we go through rejection resonate with you over the others? Is there something you would add to help move past rejection?
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The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one. Psalm 34:19 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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