I don’t think I can explain to you the physical pain I find myself in when I see posts on Facebook that say things like:
“You have no idea how worthless you made me feel.”
“It hurts when you realize you aren’t as important to someone as you thought you were.”
“Every time I think about you I have to remind myself that if you wanted to talk to me, you would.”
I mean….the dramatics are just a little over the top.
So when I read these and automatically get annoyed, Jesus comes on over and reminds me of where I used to be. And then I remember, and then my heart breaks for the individuals posting things like this because they are so trapped, and its really dark in that place.
And that place is called….Rejection.
Y’all. Nothing quite has the same sting as rejection, and the worst part about it is that it really doesn’t matter who it comes from. I remember being in high school and having a crush on a guy…and it was totally not a big deal. Anyway, some things happened and I found out he liked a good friend of mine. I was so crushed!! And it wasn’t even because I liked him that much…it was just that he had rejected me! He picked someone else.
Rejection is so nasty because the amount of hurt isn’t really dependent on who is doing the rejecting. It just all hurts.
This past week I had some things happen, and that little devil rejection tried to come in and tell me some lies.
I’ll tell you the lies I always here so you can understand you aren’t the only one:
“You aren’t pretty enough.”
“You aren’t fit enough”
“You are too loud.”
“You get on people’s nerves”
“People don’t really like being around you”
“You’re too spicy…not enough sweet”
“You have too much baggage.”
“You’ve messed up too many times.”
“You won’t ever be enough for anyone”
“No one will want to commit their life to yours”
I could probably write out thousands, but these are the most common. And I know you hear them too!! We all do, because we all doubt ourselves. We doubt our looks, our abilities, our smarts, our personality, and everything else. Rejection is so nasty.
But here is the solution to that nasty devil. Jesus. Jesus died to handle rejection. Jesus died and we don’t have to deal with rejection anymore, because the bottom line is this: We are accepted, wanted, and appreciated in the family of God.
So on days when that nasty devil comes and tries to lie to you…look at yourself in the mirror and say these:
“You are a beautiful creation just how you are”
“You have a voice and words worth listening to”
“People will be encouraged by your story.”
“You are never too much, and you are always enough”
“You are the solution to someone’s problem.”
“You are wanted and accepted just how you are”
“One day, someone is going to be so lucky to start and end their day with you.”
You don’t have to listen to the lies my friends…there is nothing there worth listening to.
Let Jesus tell you who you are. He thinks you are pretty awesome, and so do I.