Being rejected is painful.

Rejected from a relationship, told that your skills are not sufficient for a position you desire, informed that you cannot borrow the money you want from a financial institution, berated for being ‘a problem’ when all you’re trying to do is your best while retaining integrity.

All of this is painful.

But the truth is that you are a person of great, great value! You have skills and gifts and talents and likes and dislikes and dreams in a combination which very few others, if anyone, possess. You may be in the wrong relationship, the wrong job, the wrong financial institution, but none of that changes the fact that you are valuable.

“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:13-16‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Do not give in to the rejection. Evaluate it carefully from a distance to see if there are any roots of truth in it which you may need to change; in your behaviours, your relationships, your words, your actions, your finances. Think about training courses for skills you desire to develop.

Consider receiving counselling.

But know that you are valuable for who you are, not what you do, who you’re with, what you drive, how you’re perceived.

You are worth more than you can imagine.


After despair comes hope.

Sometimes it comes from a change in circumstances, sometimes from a timely word via a friend or colleague, sometimes it comes from a realisation inside your own head.

For people who, like me, are followers of God, hope is always underlying even when it can not be seen.

Today I received the note above, which lifted my heart after a particularly torrid time.

If you’ll pardon the pun, I hope it also lifts your heart.

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