Harnessing Rejection’s Secret Opportunities
Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:24
Everyone has experienced rejection. And no one likes it. Whether it’s a breakup or not getting the job you wanted, everyone has been told at some point, “We’re looking for someone else.”
You can immediately see rejection as part of your journey on the way to discovering your place. But with rejection comes the sinking feeling that we’re somehow inferior. Sometimes this leads to comparing ourselves to others or deep insecurities about who we are. A man shared that after his girlfriend broke up with him, he spent years questioning whether he was handsome enough, funny enough, or successful enough. All his insecurities were summed up in the question, “Am I enough?”
Rejection is often particularly challenging because it comes in a packaged combination of lies and truths. Recognizing these lies is the first step of moving past disappointments to be deeply rooted in God’s love.
Kailey didn’t get a job because she was so nervous in the interview she struggled to connect with the interviewers. It’s true that her rejection exposed some skills she needs to work on. But it’s not true that she’ll never be enough or experience success doing what she loves! If we’re willing to face the humbling truths rejection brings without giving in to discouragement, we can grow through rejection.
The Bible gives us truth to hold on to. It says, “Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us” (Romans 8:24). Listen to God’s words of love, building you up and speaking hope into your heart to avoid being derailed by rejection’s disappointments.