Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.

Matthew Arnold.

 

The call to practice in public has me shaking in my flip flops… You see it is easy to write on a blog where the only people that visit are people who love and support you. Stepping out and putting myself out in the world for rejection makes me flash back to being a left out kid. I don’t want to relive being a total reject.

Life is full of rejections… and real life is how we handle those  rejections.

Just look at Jesus he was rejected by everyone he knew..Isaiah 53:3 says “He is despised and rejected by men… But even though Jesus was rejected by everyone He knew He handle rejection with the most amazing grace. Jesus handled life’s rejections with His life. Jesus knows each and everyone of us and still even after He gave His life, He faces rejection. Rejection from His children that He died for. I am sure that rejection from man brakes His heart yet He would die on the cross for us, for you, and for me… again. Awesome right?!

So what can we learn from our Lord about rejection?

Rejection is real, Jesus knew a lot about rejection. Jesus was able to deal with rejection with grace because He found His identity in God, His Father.

We need to try to do the same when we feel the sting of rejection. We need to remind ourself that we have an identity in Christ and what He did for us on the cross. This is something that I’m learning to do… Living to glorify Christ.

Rejection gives us a chance at practicing humility. If we are honest with ourself and learn to understand first that when we are rejected it is our pride that is hurt. While it’s humiliating to be be rejected, just remember this… If we are humbled, we cannot be humiliated.

As long as we are breathing we will have to deal with rejection and rejection in the absence of the love of God is a feeling that I don’t want to deal with. I have resolved to find my identity in Christ, not only when I’m rejected but when I’m praised and accepted.

 

So now I have to go out in Public and write… I am a writer… I am…