And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it, if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.
We’ve all been there.
I’m sure your mere reading of that word, of ‘rejection’, is already conjuring something in your head, in your mind, in your soul. You’re remembering something – a particular time and place you were rejected. The time you hit a closed road.
Maybe it was being picked last for kickball during recess. It could be the first time you asked a girl out and she shot you down so epicly you thought you were a fighter pilot from Top Gun. You could have gotten fired or asked to ‘resign’. There was the time your family forgot you at home before leaving for Christmas vacation… Or, you’re still feeling your parents divorce.
Being let go.
Being left out.
Being held back.
Being told that subtle message you’re not good enough.
You’re not wanted.
Don’t come back.
Don’t pass go and don’t collect your $200.
At some point in your life, you’ve hit a closed road. At some point you’re going to be rejected. There will come a point in life where someone or something will tell you that you are not good enough.
It’s not if, it’s when.
I hate to pop your bubble, if you’re an innocent child reading this – but it’s going to happen.
Someday, somehow, someone is going to tell you no.
At some point in time, you’re going to learn how God has wired you and who you’ve been created to be. You’ll use these to learn what God is asking you to do and who He wants you to become.
This road, this path, will not always be smooth or easy. As you pursue the process of walking into your calling – roads will close. Paths will disappear.
You will have to learn to bounce back.
You have to get back up.
You have to not let a closed road ruin you.
On a road trip, if you hit a closed road – this literally cannot end your road trip. You have a place to be and there is no way this little sign is going to stop you. However, most of our cars aren’t designed to knock down the barrier – but to find a new route, a new road.
Rejection doesn’t mean we throw in the towel. It means we change our approach, we change the relationship with the one whom rejected us, it means we try something different – not keep repeating the same road and the same path.
On a road trip a closed road can lead to an amazing detour.
Put your car in reverse, back up, and see what comes next.
Or in the words of Jesus (I’ll admit, slightly out of context), wipe the dust from your feet and move on.