If a change is necessary for the good of the church, an organization, or whatever…I’m all in. But what if that means that MY talents aren’t needed anymore (ouch) or MY ideas are dismissed or rejected?
This is happening right now. In the last two weeks I’ve had ideas ignored, and (worse) I’m not sure I’ll continue in a music ministry I’ve been a part of for 10 years. It isn’t from someone’s malice or an exploitation of power that I’m feeling this rejection. It comes from considering my own ideas as superior to those of equally thoughtful people. It comes from my failure to welcome humility, and to consider other options as just as valid as mine. In these times when I feel rejected, what comes out of my mouth may reflect impatience, frustration, or hurt. Not pretty stuff, and not what I care to project to the world, because it isn’t what God intends for me.
I’ve noticed that rejection has a louder voice than humility. It crowds my thoughts and tells me that I’m not wanted, or not important, or not needed. All lies! But, when I recognize this and let go of the temptation to feel sorry for myself, then I’m freer to consider another’s perspective, and I’m freer to PRAY! And when I pray? Then I can hear what the Lord has to say to me.
Jesus rebuked his own disciples when they argued about their greatness and He put their thinking straight about their role in the church.
Then an argument broke out among themm about which of them should be regarded as the greatest. He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them and those in authority over them are addressed as Benefactors, but among you it shall not be so. Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant. For who is greater: the one seated at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one seated at table? I am among you as the one who serves.
Luke 22: 24-27
So to rejection I say, “Take a back seat. You aren’t welcome here.”
Lord, lighten my heart and open my eyes to see the greater picture,
and use me as you will.
Here is a link with tons of references on “humility in the Bible.”