Have you ever heard some of these quips about rejection?
“If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.”
“Rejection is God’s protection.”
“God’s “no” is not a rejection of you. It is a redirection to His plan that is always best for you.”
They’re meant to soothe us, but fear of rejection is something I hear many Christian women in business say stops them in business. Personally, it’s something I lived with for a long time, going back to my childhood. I have a vivid memory of calling a friend to ask if she could come over, and when I heard her asking her parents, somehow my brain knew to pull the phone away from my ear before I could hear their answer.
I was afraid to hear the word NO. At the ripe old age of 7, with the wisdom of a 2nd grader.
How on earth did I survive, and even succeed, in 25+ years of corporate sales/business development being afraid of rejection? To be honest, I did so in my own strength by building up a pitbull-like grip on every opportunity, staying on the bite until someone actually said no. In fact, I actually had an attitude of “I will keep calling you until you say no because who’s afraid of a 2-letter word!” It was like a grudge match.
Can you relate? In this episode, I’m sharing stories of rejection from the Bible (including Jesus Himself!) and 4 ways you can overcome it, turning that fear into triumph with the power of the Holy Spirit. Here’s a sneak peak:
DEFINE: Build your business on the truth that only God DEFINES you. Not your work, not your client roster, not the yes or no’s or the outcomes or achievements.
DIRECT: Let the Lord direct you, not the yes or no. Don’t take rejection personally – accept the no’s as part of the assignment, and don’t let other people’s decisions stop your progress in God’s assignment.
DISCIPLINE: Stay diligent in working within God’s direction. Establish a daily discipline for your work, including giving God your first fruits by starting every day with Him. Otherwise you’re operating in the whims of the world and other people’s decisions…and in your own strength and power.
DEVELOP: Allow the Holy Spirit to develop your ability to accept the no’s and keep moving. Learning to “shake the dust” off your feet and to forgive/give grace to those who say no or reject you. Leaving them with grace, they’re likely to remember and refer you…or even come back to you in God’s Kairos time.
These scriptures were referenced in the episode for you to read along or study:
Genesis 37-50 – Joseph’s story of repeated rejection and eventual completion of God’s plan for him
1 Chronicals 22:7-13 – God’s rejection of David was redirection of the assignment to Solomon
RESOURCES FROM TODAY’S EPISODE
Dealing with Rejection Blog: https://openthebible.org/article/dealing-with-rejection-through-the-gospel/
Episode 105: The Call to Completion – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-105-the-call-to-completion/id1455892487?i=1000527079680
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