I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rejection Letters

Rejection letters hurt.

They make you question everything you thought you knew about writing. They also make you question whether God really called you to write or not.

First, you need to get that "Whether you're called," question out of the way. Spend some time with the Lord and settle that question once and for all.

Then, when you've settled it, remind yourself of this one thing:

The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. (1Thessalonians 5:24 )

When God calls us, He takes us through a process called sanctification, which is just a fancy word for purification, or a process of being set apart or made holy. For speakers and especially writers, that process is very important. Our words are written down and have the ability to last even for generations to come.

We must allow God to purify us if we are to write words that will change lives.

Jesus said:

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men." (Matthew 5:13 )

Think of those rejection letters as part of the purification process. Every time I received a rejection letter--and believe me, I've received plenty--I take it to the Lord and ask Him how I can improve my writing. Or perhaps it is not my writing that needs to improve. Perhaps it is my heart.

...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phillipians 1:6 )

Food for thought.

What's been your experience with rejection letters? How did you respond and what did you learn in the process? ginger r,. takamiya


  1. Thanks for the reminder G. Well put.

  2. Great post, make you think.

  3. Ginger, great post! I needed those words today. Thank you!

  4. Responding to rejection letters is a work in progress for me.
    The rejection of one project over the course of several years was disappointing, but it gave me the opportunity to partner with another author and the final product was published in January...and is sooo very much better than it was in its original form!
    On the other hand, I received a rejection today for an article query. Sigh. I'm reminding myself it's another opportunity to wait on God's perfect timing!

  5. Thanks, Ginga. Most of the time I realize that rejection letters are showing me which doors are not open, which brings me closer to the ones that are. Now, to remember that cheerfully all of the time . . .

  6. I allow myself a little pouting time when I get a R-letter. I like to call them "Regrouping" letters, not Rejection letters.
    Then I pick myself (and my attitude) back up and ask, "What now?" There's always something waiting to be done.

  7. Very good thoughts TEE :)

  8. The first rejection letter I received, I cried. The second rejection letter I received, I cried.

    When I receive a rejection letter, I take a day to mourn because I had invested my time and heart into the project that I had queried.

    Looking back, I see the wisdom in those rejections--I was not ready.

  9. Rejection. It's never pretty and never wanted, but if you write, it's gonna happen. Like Lisa, I take a day to adjust then move on. Great post, Ginger.