We all love to socialize, get acquainted who’s who in the society, and get noticed for the right reasons. We’re quick to display our wit and intelligence at social gatherings and are mindful of how we are perceived by others. Of course, we pay special attention to our contributions in public, making sure our feelings and actions are conveyed correctly. Affirmation is an awesome thing, yo! But sometimes this backfires and we have to deal with rejection.
Let me put it another way. How many of us would love to have many friends. Just me? Common guys, be honest. Who wouldn’t love to amass a crazy following on social media, tweet his/her waking up moments and get 4000+ re-tweets? We secretly envy celebrities and wish we had their voice and media power.
One of the biggest mistakes I made as a college graduate was rely heavily on alumni connections and professors to get noticed. I was a stellar student, always talked about— that model example most of us HATE being compared to. Months after my cap and gown ceremony, I reached out to my department for help in my job search. I scoured many LinkedIn profiles, looking for anyone affiliated with my school and department. Guys, the rejection was extra cold. In fact, I was doubly served.
How painful would it be if you had lots of opportunities but kept missing them because you were in the wrong position? How heartbreaking would it be if you spent four years cooped in your room studying like a Chinese scholar only to discover that your medals of achievement are worth nothing to those you wanted to impress? The word betrayal doesn’t do justice to what you’ll feel because soon you’ll start to question your purpose.
There’s something intriguing about the story of Gideon and how he defeated the Midianites (Judges 7: 1-25). Continue reading