Lately it seems as every direction I turn there is rejection, rejection from classes I have to apply to, rejection from jobs I wanted, rejection from jobs I thought for sure I’d get, rejection from even my own ankle who is holding me back from running…
Two weeks ago when I got rejected from a job I had written the job description to and thought for sure I’d be hired for, it really hit me hard.
Before coming to Penn, I had only really been rejected once in my life, for a senate page position. I know, you are thinking “man she had it easy” but God has a sense of humor and is more than making up for the lack of rejection I had experienced before three years ago.
But I also don’t want you to feel sorry for me or think that consolation or validation is what I am looking for with this post, instead I just want to share a bit about how I have seen God in and through my rejection.
And with that, let’s explore the benefits of rejection and the lessons learned from this process…
Rejection makes you stronger.
There is nothing like developing the thick skin that allows you to roll with the punches that come from applying and being rejected by so many different positions and jobs.
Protection can come through rejection.
I found out that my first rejection ended up being a safety mechanism God used to protect me. The girl who ended up becoming that senate page was sexually violated during her time with the program.
I truly believe that God caused two specific rejections to come my way in the past month as a method of protection, removal of temptation, and a safety mechanism for me. So for that, I am so grateful.
Humility comes from rejection.
At times when my self-confidence and ego get a little too big for my own good, I think rejection is a way to re-center myself and remind myself that God has a plan for me and any credit I am taking for myself is not being attributed to what really brings me strength and my blessings.
Reliance is necessary through rejection.
The only way to truly come out on the other side of rejection in a positive, constructive way is to realize that in rejection, you must refocus and rely on God to bring you through.
Though rejection hasn’t been fun the past couple months, it has really taught me the importance on relying on God and trusting that when the time is right his plan will be revealed to me.
Don’t get downtrodden; rejection sets you up with so much for the future!
Comment below with your thoughts on rejection or how you have overcome rejection!