Resist rejection. Embrace edification. Not an easy task. It’s so easy to be offended and hurt by rejection, and really take it personally. Then we also have to be careful not to say or do something that makes others feel rejected. We have to find an effective and positive way to respond, rather than react, to rejection. Edification–building up and encouraging others, and receiving it for ourselves–is a much better behavior to embrace.
Here’s your inspiration for this Friday evening…
“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.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
I needed to read this today, because I’ve had at least three events occur very similar to the ones described. It is difficult to not take rejection personally and to not get offended. Yet it’s better to resist rejection and embrace edification from those people who are more understanding and have a gift for building us up instead of tearing us down.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you handle rejection well? How do you manage to resist rejection?
Are you able to offer edification and encouragement to others who feel rejected?