Do You Feel Like a Failure When Others Reject You?

Rejection is a fact of life. There is no need to be shocked or surprised about it. Instead learn how to face it.

First of all rejection comes from people close to us. It is the most painful. But should that make you feel inferior or a failure? Absolutely not.

What you need to realise is that you have a life ahead of you. If you keep working towards worthy goals without losing heart, a day will come when people who rejected you might find you promoted. However, a fairy tale ending is not always guaranteed.

Again, if at all you are rejected, have no thoughts of revenge. It is foolishness. Each person has a right to choose and say no to you even as you have every right to ask for acceptance. Respect others freedom to do so.

Rejection sometimes is not a one-time affair. As often thought it is not limited to rejection of proposals–personal or business. Instead it can be a daily affair within marriage relationship, parents rejecting children to spend time chatting, and adults rejecting the elderly in the sunset years of their lives.

Rejection can also come when you fail to live up to expectations. One thing you need to realize is that you have to be true to your calling in life; you need to maximise the talent and potential God has put within you; and you need to do all that you can to excel in life. But even when you do so, you may not be dancing to the tunes others are playing for you. And it is natural that others will reject you.

Rejection therefore should fuel in you a desire to achieve something worthwhile in life. Well, just think about some great works of literature that might never have got published if the authors stopped writing when they got a few rejection notes. I just chose this example but examples are not limited to this field alone.

Therefore the right approach to rejection is to keep a positive attitude and frame of mind. Do not keep your eyes on the closed door. Other opportunities will come. Do not miss them by brooding over the past.

Let me encourage you by saying that whatever rejection you face from others there is someone who accepts you the way you are right now. His estimate about your life is not based on your beauty or wisdom or riches or positions achieved in life.

God loves you. And you are of infinite worth in his eyes.

About Jesus it is written: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Again, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” (Isaiah 53:3, John 1:11 Bible NIV 1984).

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