rejection. I just took a deep breath before I wrote that word. It’s a word that’s been laying on my heart for not just a few days, but a few months. It’s something I’ve been struggling with for years. I’ve tried and tried to achieve perfection, only to get rejection. And where am I trying to achieve perfection? In the bars, in the classroom, and in places where God isn’t shining. I’m trying to find perfection in places where God isn’t shining and that’s my problem. I’m looking to perfection when I should be looking to please God. I should be looking to please God and not the world.

Rejection is a part of the journey. It’s a part of life — something everyone has to endure to achieve success. Whether it’s that big promotion at work, a new relationship milestone, or simply Chipotle saying they’re out of guac again. How can we cope with it, though? When we feel rejected, we want to crawl in our bed, stare at the wall, and cry. I mean, that’s what I want to do.

Yeah, that sounds great when you’re feeling like a sad, lost puppy but you can’t sit in your room all day every day. In order to “get over” rejection, you have to get up and try again. Rejection comes in waves. Right after one wave hits, you get right back up on your boogie board and ride the next wave.

“Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.”

Isaiah 33:17

Rejection likes to play the little league softball game with anxiety. And that always leads to a game with depression. Don’t let yourself get sucked into those games. You are so much more than your anxiety or depression. You are so much more than a job, a relationship, or degree. Trust in Lord Jesus Christ because He will ALWAYS provide.

Listen, I struggle with rejection. Every day. Every day, I get up and worry about all the mistakes I made in my past. I worry that because of my mistakes, I’ll be rejected by society. Which is stupid, I realize later, because those “mistakes” aren’t really mistakes. They don’t matter. They don’t define me. I define me. God defines me. God created me in His image.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:10

Listen. I know it’s hard to crawl out of your cozy comforter and back into the real world of harsh realities filled with rejection, but you have to. You’ll never know what you’re truly good at unless you try. So get out of bed. Climb out of bed. Put on your big girl pants and go conquer the world. But drink some coffee first. Coffee makes everything better 🙂

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