HOW TO HANDLE REJECTION

We all have felt the pain of rejection in our lives, but we can recover if we have the right perspective on it. We do not have to be destroyed by the enemy’s tool intended to wound our souls and keep us from reaching our destiny. We just have to handle it the way Jesus instructed us to handle it: Shake it off. Check out the video above to learn how to handle rejection with the help of the Lord via a poem I wrote entitled “Rejection of Rejection.”

What are your thoughts about how you personally handle rejection? Please leave a comment below.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

I just wanted to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day! Dad’s are important people. My dad, Dr. Joseph Moore, who is in heaven now–God rest his soul–passed away on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday back in 2007. I was reflecting on three of the things I learned from my dad that stick out in my mind:

1. He taught me the value of a dollar. He was very good with money. Dad was “old school” and stayed out of debt because he didn’t believe in it. He was a good provider. He made sure we had what we needed and prepared for my mother to be cared for even after he went on to be with the Lord.

2. He taught me the value of an education. He got his education later in life, but he wanted to set he example for his kids. He said he didn’t want to ask us to do anything he wasn’t willing to do. He ended up getting a doctorate and affected many students’ lives as he taught Technology Classes at Norfolk State University for almost 20 years.

3. He taught me to never give up no matter how bad it looks. I wanted to leave Virginia Tech when my grades went down unexpectedly, and he told me, “You don’t leave school for things like this! If you go down, you go down swinging!” I fought hard, stuck it out, and I was able to bring my grades up from failing to a “C” that semester. Not my best, but I didn’t fail. I learned a valuable life lesson by hanging in there and seeing the situation through to the end.

So if your dad is still living, please make sure you honor him on June 16th. Even if he wasn’t all he should be, God tells us to honor our parents anyway, and He will bless us with long life. And by all means, don’t forget to wish our Heavenly Father a hearty Happy Father’s Day. After all, He is THE best Daddy in the whole world!

What made your dad special to you? I would love for you to share your good memories. Please leave a comment below.

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WHAT SHARING YOUR FAITH AND REAL ESTATE HAVE IN COMMON

Yesterday, I sat down and talked with Dwaine Wilson, host of the Dwaine Wilson Morning Show on 1270 AM in Hampton Roads. He also happens to be a real estate agent who loves what he does and is very passionate about selling homes. When the conversation led to us talking about the real estate business, he told me he engages in “prospecting,” which is making phone calls to people he has never met for the purpose of getting leads. He relayed that the reason many people are not willing to prospect in this manner is because they don’t like rejection.

Getting Over the Fear of Rejection
Immediately, my thoughts began to drift toward how I feel about witnessing. I am just going to be transparent. I don’t like witnessing because I don’t like rejection, but I know Jesus commanded us to do it, and people need the Lord. So I listened intently to this brother, thinking I could possibly get a “nugget”, to see how I could relate his perspective on prospecting to witnessing to people about the Gospel. I then asked him how he got over the fear of rejection, and he gave me these three important points to ponder:

1. Admit you are afraid of rejection. He said you have to identify that you have fear so you can address it and overcome that obstacle. Likewise, you must acknowledge, confront, and be determined to overcome your fear of rejection if you will ever be able to witness to the masses.

2. Change your mindset. Dwaine says he doesn’t anticipate rejection because he only calls the people who somehow have indicated they want to sell their homes. He automatically assumes they want and need his services. He doesn’t believe he will be rejected when he calls. Therefore, he calls often and doesn’t hesitate. In his mind, his chances for being rejected are minimized because He is going after people he perceives have a need. Likewise, we must not automatically believe that people don’t want to buy our product, Jesus. We must believe that they need Him, and once introduced to Who He is, they will want Him as well.

3. Use a script. This realtor has certain things that he always says to potential clients whenever he makes calls. What would happen if we adopted a tried and true script to use when sharing the gospel? What if we deliberately thought about our approach and used that method often? What if we use someone else’s method that has been successful? That would give us much more confidence. The “Romans Road” where we show unbelievers five scriptures in the book of Romans (3:23, 6:23,10:9-10, 10:4. and 10:13) in succession to lead them to Christ is probably a good script to start with.

Changing Your Perspective on Rejection is Key
I feel the most important lesson I learned in the conversation was my need to deal with the way I view rejection. If you believe you will be rejected, chances are you will be because Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith be it unto you.” So on one hand, start believing that the message you carry will be well received. That will take some of the dread out of witnessing. What if we believed that people would automatically accept Jesus when we approach them? We probably would witness more.

On the other hand, let’s start to see ourselves as a part of the process of getting them to say yes. If we do, we may be less afraid of rejection because rejection becomes a part of the process. It’s really all about planting and watering seeds. Most people don’t accept the Gospel when they hear it the first time. Even in advertising, they say you have to be exposed to the product multiple times before you buy. So our mindset should be that we must expose them to Jesus through our words and lifestyle. It’s really not about getting a commitment to follow Christ right then and there. It’s about allowing ourselves to be used as a part of the process of exposing people to the Gospel until they finally surrender. With that being said, let’s go out and share Christ with others so they can come to the point where they are assured of eternal life and experience the benefits of God’s friendship.

What strategies have you used to successfully share your faith? I would love to pick your brain. Please leave a comment below.

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CASTING YOUR CARE ON GOD IS A CHOICE

In I Peter 5:7, we are told we should cast our care upon God because He cares for us. Whenever, we are burdened, we have two choices: carry the burden ourselves or cast our care onto the Lord. There is no middle ground. Have you ever cast your care on God, and then took it back? I know I have. I have a difficult time trusting God with my worries and concerns sometimes. When I carry the burden instead of casting it onto the Lord, stress and anxiety is the result.

Why We Fail to Cast Our Care

We need to examine why we fail to cast our care so we can do ourselves a favor, address those issues, and be free of worry and anxiety. There are several reasons why we choose to carry our own load and leave God out of the equation:

1. Pride – I Peter 5:5-6, which precedes verse 7 about casting our care, relays that we must be “clothed in humility.” When you think about it, if you are not willing to humble yourself before God, you will never be able to cast our care on Him. Pride will always say, “I can handle the situation myself,” “I don’t need God,” and “I’ve got this.” However, Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

2. Failure to Realize How Much God Cares – I Peter 5:7 says, “[Cast] all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” In other words, until you know how much God cares for you, you will never be able to cast your care upon Him. If you don’t know how much He loves you, you will not be able to fully trust Him.

3. Lack of Understanding About the Faithfulness of God – Casting your care is a by-product of growing in the realization of how much your heavenly Father loves you and cares for you and how truly faithful He is. In Jeremiah 3:23, the prophet writes this about God: “Great is thy faithfulness.” So, the more we know He loves us and how impeccable His character truly is, the more we will be able to trust that He will certainly take care of business. His perfect love, characterized by His unfailing faithfulness, will indeed cast out fear (I John 4:18).

Life or Death: You Choose

So the next time you feel the temptation to worry and hold on to your cares, ask yourself, “Do you realize how much God loves you?” and “Do you think you know more than God?” The answers to these two questions will determine how you will choose to proceed. Will you continue to worry and fret, try to devise a plan yourself, and get into works of the flesh? Or will you cast your care on God, ask Him to help you, do only what He instructs you to do, and expect Him to work it out just as it should be? In Deuteronomy 30:19 God says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Therefore, you can cast your cares on God and choose life, or carry them yourself and choose death. Remember, the choice is yours.

What care do you need to cast on God today? If you are having trouble, what is keeping you from casting your care? Please feel free to share your thoughts and leave a comment below.

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