I want to share something with you that I have been mulling over for a little while. A few years ago, I put my foot down with a very firm hand and took the decisive step of banning certain TV programs in our house.
No X Factor, no Strictly, no Great British Bake Off or other such TV program will be watched! I have a sneaking suspicion that there are times when my rules are broken by, less compliant members of my family. But, as far as I am concerned, they are banned – apart from The Apprentice that is, I cannot help but watch that!
I have always been a bit suspicious of this format of show. I think that certain things are “played out” for the benefit of the camera. But, that is not my main reason for banning them.
My main reason is, I hate rejection. I always feel really broken by those that are sent off the show. Whether it is in the, so called, “early stages” where somebody has fooled themselves into thinking they are capable of something they are not. Or, in the “later stages”‘where somebody has invested so much time and effort into the competition and the judges decide they are not good enough.
I find myself wondering what becomes of those who are rejected in this process?
Rejection is, of course, part of life. We all face rejection in one form or another at some stage. Rejection can break us and stop us from trying certain things. Rejection can also make us, can make us determined to prove somebody wrong. I suppose the way we handle rejection says something about our character, our self belief and our inner strength.
But, sometimes the rejection we feel, can run very deep. Can live with us. Rejection even has the power to shape us and set the course of the life we live. Rejection by someone we care about, love or, whose opinion matters a lot to us, can be crushing.
I also thought about those who do the rejecting. I wonder how they feel about themselves? I know when I have rejected another, I find my conscience really does not feel easy within me! There have been times when I have laid awake at night worrying about the person I have turned away.
I have always been fascinated by the relationship between God and the people of Israel through the Bible stories. It seems to me, that the people are continually rejecting God, rejecting His values and laws and God does everything to bring them back. Even at the lowest points of their history, God seeks to bring them back.
As I was thinking about this, I found myself thinking “am I really any different from the people of Israel?” There are times when I reject Gods values, God’s laws even God Himself and yet, somehow, God keeps calling me back to Him. There have also been those times when I have felt so troubled by my distance from God, that I have longed to get my relationship back on track with Him.
I ended up thinking of some words of Jesus
However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them (John 6 vs. 37 NLT)
I don’t know how things are with you, at the moment but, God does. To Him it doesn’t matter if you are in a good place or bad place, He will never reject you. Even if you have rejected Him, He will not reject you.