Knowing how to deal with rejection is important for everyone.
If you’ve ever been rejected, you know how awful it feels. Even if it’s not personal, even if there’s a good reason for it, even if you know God has everything under control – it still hurts.
This has been a difficult year for my husband. He lost a job. He tried out for many new positions, most leading to dead ends. “It’s not the right time”, “We want to go a different direction”, “We aren’t in a position to make a decision right now” – these are all faith-testers. He has passed each one with faith that the Lord will provide.
My husband has a Master’s degree, yet he is willing to deliver pizzas to pay the bills. And not just willing – enthusiastic! He delivers each box with a smile. He has endured painful situations as a leader, yet he still has the courage and desire to continue leading, no matter the cost.
We don’t know where the road is headed, but thanks be to God that my husband is trusting Christ to lead us in the right direction.
UPDATE: We are happily settled at a wonderful congregation in a small town in Ohio. Just what we needed – God had it all figured out!
Here’s an excerpt from a poem written by my husband years ago. May it be an encouragement to anyone currently dealing with rejection.
Direction Through Rejection
Rejection is tough – it turns your road from smooth to rough
It makes you do a 180 – turning your life all crazy
It can be hard, and your life may seem scarred
But that is the way of rejection
It turns you in a different direction.
It may not have been what you wanted
But if rejection didn’t happen, then your path would be disrupted
For God works in mysterious ways
You will have your good and bad days
But it’s a part of God’s plan
And even if you don’t understand
God still sent the Son of Man
So don’t rethink your steps just because you can
There is a reason everything happens to you
God gives trials to perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you
So when rejection comes, try to find the good in it
Just trust me, it’s there – even if you can’t see it
May we learn how to deal with rejection by trusting God’s plan. Rejection is simply God pointing us in the right direction!
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When did you experience rejection? How did God turn it into something good?