I stared at the email and felt my stomach drop.
Not again...I blinked back tears as I sank into the pillows on my bed. I had tried so hard, only to fail. Again.
I had just received a rejection email from a popular online blog/forum where I had submitted an article in hopes of getting published and growing my platform. It was my seventh rejection between a few different online platforms, and the rejection stung.
I've tried so hard. What am I doing wrong? I wondered to myself. In frustration, I sighed and whispered aloud, "Maybe you're just not meant for this after all."
But the truth is that, what I saw as a failure and rejection, is actually God's preparation for what comes next in my life.
And you too, friend.
That dream you think is a failure, and you're too afraid to try it again because you don't want to fail twice? Or that rejection you thought would shatter your heart if you were faced with it again? They are merely God's way of preparing you for whatever wonderful thing He has coming next. And trust me, it's going to be wonderful.
I know it can be easy to want to give up. I know it can be easy to just walk away from your dream or your calling. But here are three reasons why you absolutely can't do that...
1) Your breakthrough is coming. It's been said that Thomas Edison failed around 1,000 times before his invention of the light bulb worked. Can you imagine what would've happened if he would've given up after 100 or 700 or even 1,000 times right before it succeeded? He never knew what would happen with his next attempt. Maybe he would fail again, or maybe it would be the time he would succeed. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty glad he never gave up. Same with you. You have no way of knowing if your next attempt at that dream, or that plan, or that calling, is going to be the time you succeed. So you can't give up now. Your breakthrough will come. You just have to hold on long enough to reach it. Maybe it won't look the same as you planned. Maybe the success will be completely different from how you dreamed. But God does have a plan more perfect than you could ever imagine. So keep fighting for it.
2) Failure makes us appreciate success that much more. Earlier this summer, I was having some health issues and we wondered if it was related to a food allergy. Because of this I went on a gluten and dairy free diet for two weeks. During this time, I could not eat any of my favorite foods (which all happen to include cheese or bread. Pizza anyone?), and instead I had to learn to eat foods I wasn't really thrilled about. But you know what? At the end of the two weeks, when I was able to go off of the diet and eat my favorite foods again, that pizza never tasted so good. So it is with your failure and your success. If all you did was succeed and achieve every goal you ever set, you would not appreciate it nearly as much as if you fought for that success. Perseverance in the face of failure is so hard, but the best part? When that dream or that plan finally comes true, your celebration is going to be sweeter than anything you've ever imagined.
3) Someone is counting on you to fulfill your calling. If God has placed a dream or calling in your heart, I can guarantee you that He did not place it there by accident. I can guarantee you that God did not just give you a calling or vision for some random reason. He knows what He is doing in our lives. He knows what He's doing in your life. If you face rejection or failure with the dream or vision He has given you, please don't give up. Someone in this world is counting on you to do exactly as God has called you to. Someone out there needs to hear what you have to say. Someone out there needs to receive the encouragement you have to offer. Someone out there needs to be reminded that they matter and maybe you will be the only person to remind them. So when you're ready to give up? Think about that someone. And then keep pressing on. In spite of the failure. In spite of the fear. In spite of the hurt. In spite of the rejection. Keep going.
Don't you dare quit now.
I'm cheering you on.