Rejection is sometimes protection for redirection.
I’m learning that when I am rejected it makes it easier to move forward in the God-ordained direction for my life. I remember being a door-to-door salesman and getting doors slammed in my face. When that happened I didn’t sit around on their front porch moping. I moved on to the next door. Maybe some of us need to take that door of opportunity that has just slammed in our face and use it as an indicator of redirection and move on to the next door.
I’ve found the people that were with you in one season will not be with you in the next. God will place people in our lives either for a lifetime or for a short season and a specific purpose. Our job is to recognize when the season is over. Sometimes the season comes to a close abruptly through rejection and when that happens here are the last two things that will help us gain a proper view of rejection:
3. Forgive quick, forget quicker.
Paul talks about in Philippians 3:13 that the one thing we should do is forget those things which are behind us. I find myself dwelling on past disappointments and having imaginary conversations with someone just to give them a piece of my mind. The problem is… they aren’t really there or really even care how I feel. So what to do? (in the best New York accent you can muster) FUGGETTABOUTIT! It’s time to move on!
4. Use your energy to build the dream.
Here’s what I’ve found, those who reject you are not spending their energy on you! So it begs the question, why are you spending your mental and emotional energy on them? It’s futile. It is high time you used that energy to build the dream God put in your heart to do! A good friend told me recently, “Ashley you need to just do you!” For me that simple phrase spoke volumes. I need to do what God has called me to do regardless of what anyone else says or does!
I hope these last two weeks have helped you. Rejection is something we will face our entire life, so it is vital we learn how to deal with it and learn from it.