5. Utilize the event as an opportunity for growth.
After I was able to see my situation for what it was, I was able to use the event to learn more about myself. I began to evaluate my circumstances by asking questions: Is there a skill I can work on, a characteristic I can develop, or a new avenue to pursue? What was being rejected: my message, my method, or me personally? What false narratives am I allowing to control my mind? By working my way through these questions, God helped me gain a better perspective, thus allowing me to grow as both a believer and a minister.
In looking back on my experience, I am thankful for the process. At some point, we will all face disappointments. To continue to run the race that Christ has called us to run, however, we must look at rejection as a hurdle rather than a grave. By doing so, we build strength. Robert McGee states the process eloquently: “Confess your sins, worship God, and get on with your life. You can experience the mercy of God no matter what you’ve been through.”
Cortney Whiting is a wife and mother of two children. She received her Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and served in the local church for over a decade. Currently, Cortney serves in a lay capacity and writes for various Christian ministries. You can connect with Cortney on Twitter @CortneyWhiting or on her blog.