A Job Rejection

During the late 1960’s I planned to apply for a job with the Washington, DC police force. For those of you who really know me, I know it’s hard to imagine my soft voice speaking with authority to people trying to burn down portions of our nation’s capital. After doing some minimal research about the position and the requirements, I realized that my application would immediately be rejected. And it would not be rejected because I was a woman or because I was a rather mild-mannered individual. At that time, it would have been rejected because I was too short! There was a height requirement, and I didn’t measure up.

Have you ever applied for a job and been rejected? Here is a rejection letter that is probably framed somewhere:

“A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.”  This is a rejection letter written to Debbie Fields, the founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies.

Here are some things to consider when you face a job rejection:

1 – Might this rejection be a closed (or slammed) door that is actually a protection from something only God is aware of? “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.” (Isaiah 55:8) In my case, who knows what all God protected me from by making me 5’2”.

2 – Might this rejection be an opportunity for a future open door that is custom-made for you? “For I know the plans I have for you… plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) In my situation, doors opened to opportunities that were actually just right for me.

3 – Might this rejection be an opportunity to trust God in all things – as you wait? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5) Although I have not always trusted God “in all things,” I know that when I have, He has done amazing things.

4 – Might this rejection be a future opportunity for you to share your story (your testimony) with someone in a similar situation? Someone has said (and I don’t know who said it):“No mess, no message.” 

Contrary to the advice you hear from so many, my suggestion is not just “get over it.” My suggestion is to remember it! Remember this job rejection, appreciate it, reflect on God’s protection and faithfulness – it’s a part of who you are, your story, your testimony. Let that story encourage someone else and glorify God.

By Judy Shrout

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