Rejection. Not a word most of us like. Yet rejection is a big part of life; isn’t it?

If I ever have the chance to speak at a high school graduation ceremony, I will talk about rejection. Which is one reason why I’ll never be asked.

Because seniors want to hear about opportunity and success. Good graduation speakers talk of dreams and prosperity.

But the truth is the road to success is paved with rejection. Lots of it. And if you’re not prepared for it, if you don’t expect to endure dozens of no’s on the way to a single yes, then, at best you’ll be constantly disappointed. And, at worst, you’ll give up.

Writers know this. Even the famous ones have enough rejection letters to paper their walls.

And, as I leave for Sunday school this morning, I’m reminded that our Savior knew this. “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11).

The good news is He didn’t let all those no’s stop Him. He held out for you and me. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).

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