This post is my contribution to Faith Barista Bonnie Gray’s invitation to write about rejection – go to her blog to read posts from her and others.
Rejection from anyone affects me. Thankfully not as much as it used to be, but I still try to avoid it.
But there’s one person whose rejection affected me drastically in my life. This person used to be relentless! It seemed she was determined to make me feel bad no matter what I did. I was dammed if I did and dammed if I didn’t!
She drove me nuts! Always making me feel like I wasn’t good enough. Always pointing to a place I hadn’t arrived at yet.
Something had to change – I needed to avoid hearing her rejection or not believe it if I heard it. But, it was an odd paradox, because I couldn’t avoid her or stop her from talking to me, but yet I was the one giving her power.
You see, the problem was … she was me.
‘She’ was that nagging voice in my head saying negative things to myself. And she could be so convincing that at times, I thought she was God’s voice telling me truth – ouch! But other times, I realized she was an unhealthy voice keeping me from living life to the fullest.
To figure out who she is and who I am, I realized I needed a clearer picture of who my creator is. After all, he made me and knows me better than I know myself. So I spent time asking/seeking/knocking and I discovered …
God, my creator is love
and is all about love!
Slowly I absorbed his love as I took time to learn about who he really is – not who religion/environment/culture has made him out to be.
Absorbing takes time, but along the way I had a few lightbulb moments – once when rereading Jesus’ words …
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
I have to/can/should love me – wow! And love and rejection can’t co-habituate – so one of them had to go. God’s love slowly quieted ‘her’ and if she manages to raise her ugly head now, I call on his spirit for help to drown her out.
It’s okay to be me – fully me, at whatever stage of life I’m in. I soak up the joy of knowing …
I’m created in the image
of the creator of all
and I am good!*
A story about the life of an apple hit home with me …
An apple blossom is gorgeous just as it is and it’s fully complete as a blossom. With time, the blossom becomes a bud – a beautiful bud, full of potential and fully complete as a bud. As the bud grows, an apple is formed. When the apple is ripe, it’s fully complete as an apple – ready to be enjoyed by one of us.
When I see a beautiful and delicious apple, I don’t fault it because it was once a blossom or bud. I realize it needed to be completely ‘there’ in order for it to ripen into an apple. So why do I fault myself instead of fully appreciating each stage of life I travel through?
Now I aim to fully embrace where/who I am each day – with the understanding that I will probably move from this place to another one sometime.
Fully embracing each day means ..
“I do what I can, with what
I have, where I am” (Roosevelt)
in every area of life – body, mind and spirit.
*Yes, I know about the fall and sin entering the world, but I’m still created in the image of God and I don’t think his announcement of “It was very good” (Genesis 1:31) is erased. I live with an awareness that I can lean towards good or bad – it’s my choice.