Greatest Lessons from Rejection

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Rejection..no one enjoys it. It’s like a rotten taste to the senses. The sting hurts and brings a feeling of being unwanted and not accepted. People often reject those who they don’t understand or are different. Rejection has more to do with the person rejecting than the person who is rejected. Sometimes it’s intentional and other times it’s unintentional. Either way it still hurts.In defense those rejected may reject someone else. Jesus was rejected often and intensely and He still loved and forgave unconditionally. In fact, the Son of God still gets rejected today by many, yet nothing can take away His love.  Below are a few reflections of lessons and thoughts from rejection.

Love brings healing and destroys the spirit of rejection. Rejection can sometimes be a form of hatred towards another. Love is the hate breaker.

The ability to love in such a way can only come from the Lord. When we try to love in our own ability we will mess up every time. It’s only the love of the Lord that transforms in such a way.

  Be open to differences. I didn’t say you have to agree with everything or do everything and anything. I’m saying just because someone is different doesn’t mean there’s nothing valuable that they have.

 Diversity is needed. If everything is the same then what’s the point? Variety spices things up and makes it more interesting and intriguing. It makes the world spin around!

Include others that are usually excluded. If you know what rejection is like, then maybe you are surrounded around the least likely person, the misfit or the underdog. Look out for those who are often turned away if you can.

Be or give a voice to the voiceless. There are many people who have the platform or opportunity to speak for the voiceless. Maybe you’re able to give someone a chance to speak what’s needed.

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Will You Cry Out?

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There’s no secret of everything that’s happening in the world today. So many lost, broken and searching. As believers we have our personal issues, challenges and struggles, but there are many around us who are in similar or worse situations or conditions than ourselves. Will we cry out on their behalf? Oh sad it is for anyone that can do something, to put a blind eye or express a don’t care reaction towards the lost and suffering. It’s not about seeking to be seen or to be applauded, but even if what we can do is behind closed doors where no person knows, sees or hears, God knows, sees and hears. Nothing passes his knowledge and awareness. He is aware of everything and anything.

We all can do something. It may not be in the way someone else does it, but we all can at least pray and reach out in some small way. As many bible readers know, Jeremiah cried out on behalf of all the people in his time. His desire was that they repent and turn away from their wicked ways and turn to God. We see a lot of things that happened in bible times now happening now. Yes, there’s hope in it because of all that Christ has done, but the truth is that as time continues bible prophecy will unfold. As children of God and followers of Jesus Christ who will cry out?

Some may wonder why cry out if it’s just going to get worse? Does God really hear the cries of his people? Here’s what the bible says about crying out.

“Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousal’s, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness in a land that was not sown.” (Jeremiah 2:2)

“O Lord my God, I cried unto thee and thou has healed me.”(Psalm 30:2)

“I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.”(Psalm 57:2)

Our cry may or could be a cry of repentance, help, mercy, guidance, uprightness for ourselves and on behalf of others. Again I ask, will you cry out?

Who will cry out on behalf of the unbelievers and the deceived?

Who will cry out on behalf of those who are physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically and spiritual ill?

Who will cry out on behalf of those who find themselves homeless, poor, deprived and impoverished?

Who will cry out on behalf of those who are troubled, confused and wandering and heading in the destructive path?

Who will cry out on behalf of those who are persecuted, tortured and maliciously abused?

Who will? Will you and I?

5 Lessons from Setbacks

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We all have faced a setback of some kind at some point. Although there are many types of setbacks that can be experienced, there are lessons that we can learn through them. Below are 5 lessons and reminders to consider when going through a setback of some sort.

1) Sometimes our effort takes several attempts. For some, the first time they get it down or succeed, but others they have to keep working at it.

2) Develop and build on where you can. There’s nothing wrong with growth and improvement along the way. Making mistakes and failing is part of the learning process.

3) Setbacks don’t define you. It’s tempting to think the results of an event or an occurrence is a description of who we are. Everyone has at least one thing(if not many) that has not turned out well or the way they wanted it to.

4) Timing plays an important role. Seasons are a part of life. Sometimes it’s not because it’s not going to happen, but the timing is just not yet.

5) Setbacks is an opportunity to be empathetic and compassionate towards others. How can we help or inspire someone else through this situation or circumstance?

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Identity: Embracing Who We Are

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Identity… the world displays so many distorted views its easier for many to be confused, in conflict or in crisis with whom God created them to be. Labels are everywhere. Books, folders, food items and sometimes are even put on people. Outward appearances, education, background, personality are sometimes the fuel that we are tempted in using to figure out who we are. Until the ideas begin to shatter and even at some point let us down. Looks are deceiving!! What looks a certain way outwardly may not be the same way inwardly. It is good to know that in spite of the labels and how we and others may  see us, the God that knows the ending from the beginning knows us deeply and even more better than we can know ourselves. Yet in spite of the things that might be less appealing or glamorous, He loves us and is willing to help us through anything.

“For the Lord seeth not as man seeth. For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”(1Samuel 16: 7)

This tells me that it is where your heart is that matters most. Sometimes we put negative labels on ourselves and find it hard to shake it off. Perhaps we experienced a disappointment or failure and are finding it hard to let it go or to forgive ourselves. We must let go of the deceptive and untrue labels and embrace the true gem and treasure that God has created us with. God wants us to be free and not being bound by false identities.

We all have flaws, have made mistakes and have sinned. The hardest thing for a believer to do sometimes is to separate the mistake or sin from who we are in Christ. We must remember as believers that our identity is in Christ and we don’t have to hold on to the past. Sometimes it may be present stuff that we are dealing with. God can handle and fix that too.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalms 139: 14)

That is who we are – fearfully and wonderfully made!!! There’s so much more for us to discover about ourselves and that only comes through spending time with God and trying new things that will keep us encouraged, inspired, challenged, growing and on a positive path.

Does Every Story Have A Happy Ending?

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In life there are both acts and experiences of good and bad, righteousness and wickedness and happiness and sadness. Sometimes things may seem very uncertain and dull. We wonder, how will this all end? In Christ we have the promise that no matter what we face on earth, the better and greater part is yet to come.

Life is surely not a fairy-tale with everything perfectly in place. It has its messy and tragic events all around the world. Thank God that earth is not our destination and Heaven is a glorious home for every believer in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. So I ask the question: Does every story have a happy ending? The movies and television shows often picture it that way in most cases. There’s a difference between navigating through a show or set and navigating through real life. Maybe it all depends on how we view things or the choice that we make.

There’s something beautifully everlasting that is awaiting those whose faith is in Christ alone. No ending to this will ever take place. On and on it shall last eternally.

Revelation 21: 3 – 7 “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”