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Rejection, Fear, God, Accepted

For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. Psalms 94:14

Abby’s cheerleading team just won a national high school competition. Everyone was celebrating and hugging each other; “We did it, we won! How cool is that?”

Abby went straight to the locker room to change and do math homework because a mathematics championship was right around the corner. Her teammates came in and jumped on her, singing songs and wanting to celebrate with their captain. Abby was excited but she wanted time alone to study.

“Hey captain, we could not have done it without you”

Emerald High School

Emerald High was runner up in the championship two years ago. Abby had moved with her mom and transferred to Emerald at the end of that school year.

“Thanks, guys, we all did it. Great team and good friends” Abby said.

She had never felt welcome in her previous school. Abby was an outsider and focused on her schoolwork and extracurricular activities. She was always a well-rounded student, but she still thought to herself,

“I can’t afford to celebrate; I have another competition coming up and I must win. Otherwise…”

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Abby’s New Routine

With the help of her headphones, Abby continued her studies while her teammates celebrated around her during the ride home.

At home, she quickly showered, grabbed dinner, and returned to studying. Her mom came back from work and they exchanged a few words before Abby asked to be left alone to study.

For two weeks, Abby’s routine only included school, math, gym, and eating. Her only human contact was her mother – her rock and anchor.

Fear of Rejection

Abby’s father left when she was 5 years old and she only sees him occasionally.

The night before the Mathematics Championship, Abby had a nightmare and ran to her mom’s room sweating and gasping for air.

Mom, I have to, I have…oh no, I must…

Did you have that dream again? It’s alright, baby, everything will be okay. No matter what, I am here with you always. Take a deep breath.

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She fell asleep in her mother’s arms and her mom prayed all night for God to heal her broken heart.

Abby won the championship, and Her mother expected Abby to celebrate and rest after her big victory. Instead, she was surprised to find her working on her college application that very evening.

Learning to Deal with Disappointment

Abby’s mother looked at her and said, “God’s love for us endures forever.” (Psalm 136:26)

We are no longer orphans but have been adopted into His kingdom as His children. (John 14:18, Romans 8:16)

Baby, you can take a breath and relax. Don’t work yourself to death because of your father. Your heavenly Father loves you enough to let his son die for you.

You’re loved, wanted, and worthy. And lastly, you’re accepted, my dear.

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Abby wept in the arms of her mother. “I just don’t understand why he left and never said anything. I guess I thought that if I worked hard enough, he’d come back home. I’m sorry mom, I’ll learn to lean on my heavenly Father, I promise.”

For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. Psalms 94:14

The Moral of the Story

We can turn to God whenever we feel rejected. We may not be able to stop rejection, but we can learn healthy habits of coping with rejection.

Rejection hurts a lot and sometimes creates underlying beliefs; That you are unlovable, unworthy, unacceptable, etc. Any of these has the power to define your future if not properly dealt with.

Find healing by running to your heavenly father who loves you unconditionally. Also learn to accept that in life there will be rejection, but that does not define you.

Thank you for reading. Remember you’re God’s chosen people. Stay Blessed Always!


18 thoughts on “Devotion: Rejection Does not Define You

  1. Manu
    Perth Girl says:

    We cannot avoid rejection but we can choose to not let it define us. Powerful words Marie. May we turn to God always when we feel our hearts are heavy and remember that He never ever rejects us.

    1. Marie Cook
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      Thank you, dear for your great insight. Amen indeed. We are not defined by what we do but by what He did.

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