“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”
Galatians 6:9 NIV
You’ve been told to sit the bench in a ball game, didn’t make the call back list for the school play, or you were picked last for a game of kickball at recess. We all have those memories of feeling excluded that make us wince. Some go back to childhood, some are very recent.
Feeling rejection is always a kick in the gut. It is also a very real part of each of our lives. Sooner or later, we are all “benched” for something. But how do we recover? How do we go on? It isn’t easy!
I think it’s okay to give yourself a grieving period, to allow yourself a little wallowing in sadness. This can also be a time to process and reflect. When the sting begins to diminish, learning can begin. There are so many life lessons that begin with rejection!
Rejection can make us more empathetic toward the feelings and needs of others – or we can become bitter and petty in our grievances. Above all, keep doing the good that God has called us all to do. As our scripture today states, there are rewards to be reaped in pushing on with goodness.
Hugs and love to each of you! Have a blessed week!