Have you ever felt like your community—however you relate that word to yourself—had betrayed you? A few months ago, I had my most recent conversation with an artist in which she expressed to me how she handles the feeling of being rejected by many of her friends and associates who only seem to find worth in her talents after learning others in other cities and States appreciate her work. This was not the first time I had heard this expressed, but it was the first time I consciously searched for understanding how others handle it. You see, I have experienced this too. At first, its hurt was like a stringer of a bee. Over the years, I have learned that this seems to be a common sentiment of those of us with this experience. Not wanting to become emotionally blocked, I searched and found a perspective that propels my advancement.
Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Mark 6:4-6
There came a time when I had to consciously ask myself, “Do you want God’s best for your life or don’t you?” Once I aligned myself to, “YES”, an internal shift happened. As a result, I began to step away from those things that do not support my offering, not with a feeling of bitterness but with the certainty of knowing that I have work to do.
Sure, being rejected is painful but don’t let it make you stuck—mentally, physically, or spiritually. Go into your destiny, in faith, knowing that God has the resources to get you there. Pray for God’s protection and if you meet a “closed door” (however that may manifest), believe that God will open another one. After all, God wants you to reach your destiny and what He has for you is greater than what you can see, think, or imagine. You have to be willing to go through the process to get there.
Don’t get stuck. God loves you too much to let you remain average. We were uniquely made, designed to stick out, instructed to shine. Some will support that. Others will not. Do not become distracted. Do not complain. Do not stop working, but take note.
Go forth, in new territory, in expectation. Your blessings are waiting. Enjoy them. …and remember, bless others.