I want to continue to focus on encouraging those who face feelings of worthlessness and rejection during the holiday season. It’s important to overcome those feelings–in yourself or to help others–because it is essential for our health in all areas: mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical.
If we don’t believe we have value or when we reject ourselves, or suffer rejection from others–especially repeatedly–it can adversely affect our ability to cope with life. We may find ourselves slipping into depression and choosing to withdraw, rather than face the pain.
The problem when this happens is we also tend to push away even those who truly care about us. We often build walls to protect ourselves, but the irony is those same walls keep those people out who we most need in our lives to encourage and build us up.
Here’s today’s double dose of inspiration to deal with this important topic…
“In Exodus 19:5, the Lord tells His people that they are His own ‘peculiar possession and treasure.’ That word applies to us today as much as it did to the children of Israel.
In John 3:18, Jesus told Nicodemus that no one who believes in Him will ever be condemned (rejected). You may not feel treasured, or even acceptable, but you are.
In Ephesians 1:6, Paul says that all of us who believe in Christ have been ‘accepted in the beloved.’ That should give us a sense of personal value and worth.
Do you lack appreciation for your own value and worth? Surely you are valuable; otherwise your heavenly Father would not have paid such a heavy price for your redemption.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“Do you feel as though the world is against you? Does it seem that no matter how hard you try, no one is pleased? Maybe you have conflict with a family member. Perhaps your boss finds fault with your work.
Sooner or later, you will experience some form of rejection. Not everybody will like you. Some may even aggressively dislike you. No one enjoys being rejected, but you can learn to handle rejection and get on with your life if you remember that Jesus was also rejected and despised.
If you feel rejected, give your hurt to God: ‘Lord, I can’t please everyone all of the time. I will concentrate on being a God pleaser and not a man pleaser. The rest I leave in Your hand, Lord. Grant me favor with You and with men, and continue transforming me into the image of Your Son.'”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
I always find it interesting to read related themes in two different devotional books written in different years (in this case, 2004 and 2007).
I know I need to be reminded once in awhile about my value as a person – to God and to others – and remember I should value myself for the person God created me to be.
I also know I need to remember that even if people reject me for whatever reason, deserved or not, God has not rejected me.
Perhaps someone else out there in the blogosphere likewise needs these reminders today and this holiday season!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Are you currently suffering from feelings of worthlessness and rejection, or know someone who is?
Do you have a support system and trusted loved ones you can turn to, or can you provide support for someone else?