I used to think rejection was my middle name. Growing up, I felt rejected by my dad after my parent’s divorce, and I felt rejected by my high school friends because I was not one to follow the crowd.
The dictionary defines rejection as “dismissing or refusing someone or something.”
Rejection can be seen as an action, but in some of our lives, rejection is seen as an emotion. We no longer see the act of rejection, but we feel and become a person full of rejection. There is a lot of power in that verb when it turns into emotion, but there is someone greater than our fears who has overcome rejection once and for all.
“…he will never leave you nor forsake you. ” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
There was a season in my life where I thought God left me in the wilderness, without a survival kit. I did not hear from Him and for a moment, I stopped seeking Him.
“Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God.” Psalm 38:21 (NIV)
I was so afraid of people rejecting me that I began rejecting them first, including God. If I was not rejecting someone, I was giving in to something they wanted me to do so I would not be or feel rejected. It was a circle of lies that I had created, and I could not get out of it. My fear of rejection spiraled out of control, and I then became something I feared more than rejection – LONELINESS.
I was living in a world full of seven billion people, and there I was, completely alone.
Then, a whisper from my heart burst through my sadness,
“I will never leave or forsake you. I will never leave. I have never left. I am here.”
That whisper burned a hole in my heart and let the light back in. I had based my acceptance and self-worth on the opinions of others when my identity is only found in one person – God.
Our identity is not based on whether someone accepts or rejects us, but it is based on the one who gently and beautifully crafted us in His hands. Before the beginning of creation, He thought of you and accepted everything that you are. His acceptance of you is beyond this world’s standards.
You are beautiful because He says so. You are loved because He first loved you. You are held because He does not want to let you go. Who you are is in Him, and you are not of this world.
“For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.” Psalm 94:14 (NIV)
My sister, lift your head up to the one who protects your heart and receives you whether you are in the valley or on the mountain. There is not a neat trick you need to do for God to love you more. There is no amount of sin that will carry you away from God’s love. Feel His hand on your life and receive the peace that you are loved and chosen by our Heavenly Father.
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