I have noted a comment that gets a laugh, or at least a chuckle, is often from a near, or actually broken, heart. The notorious reject, Rodney Dangerfield said:
“My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.”
Today more than fifty percent of American families suffer from the pain implied in Rodney’s line. Many children, who are going through divorce, are in the bind of wondering, “Was it my fault? Did Dad/Mom leave because of me?” The process proceeds much longer. Equally troubling is the new blending family. I used blending because when blended happens it is unusual. Blending is going on for the duration, with a stated or unstated, but tormenting question, “Am I being accepted or rejected?” Even more painful, “Why did he/she/they reject me?”
Fear of rejection is why most people are not successful salesmen, writers, or fail at marrying a movie star! One preacher told me he never gives an invitation because he wouldn’t know what to do if no one responded.
Evangelical pastors know that many humans, being aware of their sinfulness and knowing little about the Bible are afraid to really trust Jesus because, “What will I do if He rejects me?” Being aware of this fear, Jesus stated in John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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