And there it is.
In this life, we WILL have trouble.
We WILL face disappointments. We will get our hopes up, only to be let down. We will go through hurts and trials and tribulations. It's inevitable.
But take heart.
Rejection is one of the most difficult trials to overcome. In a world full of self-preservation, rejection is the thing that cuts through all of our efforts to say, "no."
No to you. No to who you are. No to what you want. No to what you want to do. It's not happening.
Whether it's being rejected from a job, a group, or a potential mate, rejection hurts. If we aren't careful, it can lead us to question ourselves, our desires, and worst of all, our own worth.
Why not me? What is it about me that's so bad? Where did I go wrong? Do I just expect more than I deserve?
But take heart; for HE has overcome the world.
While tribulations are inevitable, our response to them is within our own control.
Yes, I feel hurt and confused and unwanted. But do I have to wallow in that? NO.
While the pain that comes with rejection cannot always be avoided, we CAN CHOOSE to carry on with our heads held high and our purpose in tact. We can CHOOSE to fall into our Father's arms, which are always open. We can CHOOSE to rejoice in the fact that He will never leave us, reject us, or forsake us. He won't.
For us, He overcame the world.
For us, He came down to earth to make all wrongs right.
For us, He broke every barrier to give us eternal Life.
He came to set us free- free from the chains of disappointment and pain and shame.
So, rather than sinking into sadness over what could have been, I'm going to delight in what is- I have a Heavenly Father whose love for you and me is deeper than the sea, and more consistent than the rising of the sun.
That, my friends, is something worth smiling about.