Pretty Words and Pink Slips
Every writer has to learn to deal with rejection. But then, so do you. Being rejected is part of the human condition, and the sooner we learn to adopt a godly perspective on it, the happier we’ll be.
Rejections come hard for a writer at first. We labor over our
Most of the time, especially in the beginning, the answer comes back, “Not for us”—if there’s any answer at all.
Believe me, that hurts! But so does not being chosen at the dance or for the team or for a romantic relationship. So does having your brothers despise you (Joseph), your husband prefer another (Leah), or a friend betray you (Jesus). Rejection happens! So what’s a person to do?
Here’s how I’ve been learning to cope with rejection:
1. Trust God: “For I know the plans I have for you … plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. Nothing can stop God’s plan for me.
2. Believe in His love: “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3 I meditate on the Cross, and what it cost Jesus to save me.
3. Choose hope: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 Rejection is a form of tribulation, but I choose hope—because God loves me and he is sovereign.
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Linda J. White