I do not like panty hose. In fact, I hate them. As a working woman, I am more than glad that they are no longer the business attire requirement, or the current style.
Seven years ago I set out to interview for a job in Pharmaceutical sales; a challenging industry to break in to for a young twenty-something lacking years of sales experience. Four different pharmaceutical companies, twelve months and eight separate interviews/eight pairs of flesh colored panty hose later, I landed my dream job. But that grueling year was not with out the heartache of rejection as I received email after email breaking the news that I did not land the job.
The first couple of cold, stark rejection emails professionally written by a recruiter reeked havoc on my heart.
We decided to hire someone with more experience was interpreted in my mind and read in my heart as: you are not good enough.
The candidate we hired was a better fit for the team and territory translated as: you don't have what it takes.
The bottom line was: I felt rejected.
There are so many ways the fear of rejection can manifest itself in our everyday lives. Those fearing another heart break might not put themselves out there in the dating world, again. Those thinking they might not make the grade may not pursue their dream of getting a masters degree. And like me, those fearing rejection may cause them not to pursue a job they really want.
Sometimes our fear of rejection and heartache are due to a small perception of God. Perhaps the most important change that occurred in me during the years following my endless job hunt was when I realized that the sting of those rejections were due to my emphasis on outside opinion of me and not enough emphasis on my El Elyon -- The Most High God.
If I really understand what the Bible says about my Lord, El Elyon, no rejection letter will make me feel less-than. The very God who created this vast universe thinks I am awesome and worthy. The very El Elyon who can make the sun stand still thinks you are lovely and amazing. With this thought in mind, who should we really fear?
Though our Most High God sometimes lets us face rejection, He gives us the much-needed perspective when we get the Dear John letter, we don't live up to our own academic standard, or when the sting of the "someone else got the job" hits our inbox. Put yourself out there by trusting in the One who never will reject.
Next time you feel rejected or are afraid to even put your self out there remember this verse:
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me.
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! (Psalm 57:2-3)
Psalm 78:35 -- "They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer."
Sarah loves to study the names of God and celebrate how God shows Himself by those names in her life. She often writes about the names of God on her website: LIVE IT OUT! www.liveitoutblog.com
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