“Eveybody likes you, Sarah!” That’s what my dad would always say when I’d come home from school, complaining that no one liked me. Now that I think about it, the truth is somewhere between the 2 extremes: everyone & no one. Rejection is tricky, but all of us have to manage it at various times & in varying degrees. Here are some thoughts that I hope you’ll find helpful:
- rejection is universal: everyone gets rejected at some point (some of those points are linear, connecting the dots & some are hops & skips)
- being rejected isn’t as important as what you do with it
- is there a reason for you being rejected? Do you need to make some adjustments?
- forgiveness redeems rejection & transforms it to something of great value (consider Joseph & his brothers who sold him into slavery in Genesis)
- God never rejects you – you are accepted among the beloved – Eph 1:6
- In Jesus’ life, His crucifixion (the ultimate rejection) came immediately on the heels of Palm Sunday