Updated: May 24
Rejection is a part of life. We all experience it in some form as fallen humanity living in a fallen world. Unfortunately, we don't all deal with it the same. For some, like Jazzy' s (fictitious name), need for her father's affirmation drove her into the arms of abusers who promised her affection and love.
Thankfully, her story had a happy ending when she was introduced to the reality of rejection and realized she was born with purpose. Her healing process was gradual, but permanent. Her dream of living her best life became a reality when she began helping young girls realize their potential despite an absent father.
The Bible helps us to see rejection from a positive perspective when we consider biblical characters like King David. When we take a look at David's life, it's undeniable that he was rejected by his family first. What is most inspiring about King David is that although he was rejected, he had purpose. His being rejected served as preparation for his God-given purpose to be anointed King of Israel. However, the greatest account of One being rejected is Jesus. He was despised and rejected by men; he was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Yet, he was chosen for a purpose. His rejection was for humanity's benefit, so that we can be accepted by God. Although family and friends may reject you, you have purpose.
As painful as it may be to face, being rejected can result in learning to accept everything about yourself as a unique gift created for the purpose of making a difference in the life of someone else. When you look at rejection from a "positive" perspective, it can be the motivation you need to accept yourself and redirect your thoughts.
Redirecting your thoughts is within your control by using selective thinking. Here are some things you can choose to fill your mind with and meditate on:
Things are reputable. Look for good news rather than focusing on the bad news
Things that are authentic about yourself or someone you know
Things that are beautiful, such flowers, colorful butterflies, nature speaks the language of the Creator. Capture memorable moments.
Things that are noble. Whether you are rejected or feel rejected, your attitude toward rejection can make the difference in how you handle it. First, accept yourself as a unique masterpiece; you were skillfully set apart and wonderfully made to do great things. Greatness is within you!
Live your best life with "rejection refocused."
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