The other day I read an interesting article about “Rejection Therapy.” The author’s point was that so often in life we avoid people and interactions because of our fear of rejection. And so we will live life “playing it safe.” We don’t start a conversation with someone we don’t know because it might be uncomfortable. We won’t ask for help because of what the other person might think of us. We won’t volunteer to do something because we might fail. And so we live lives of fear and isolation. The solution? According to the author, it’s to intentionally do something at least once a day that risks rejection in order to overcome your fears, to build your confidence, and to allow you to enjoy life in a new and exciting way.
As I thought about this, I realized for the believer, there is something far better than Rejection Therapy. It’s called walking by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). The Lord has promised you His power for everything you need in life (2 Peter 1:3). As you trust Christ in your weakness and fears, you can take that step forward that you otherwise wouldn’t. You can be the one who goes up to someone you don’t know at church to introduce yourself and bring encouragement (Romans 15:7). You can get involved in ministry, trusting the Lord will empower you (Galatians 5:13). You can speak to someone about Christ, confident that the Lord will use you (2 Corinthians 5:20).
So, will you join me in this endeavor, in some “faith therapy” (that we all need) to every day look for an opportunity to go beyond our comfort zones, trusting God that He will use us to bring His love to those we encounter? And as you take those steps of faith, you will find life will take on a new confidence and joy, as you “trust in the Lord and do good” (Psalm 37:3).