When you put something in the mailbox after the mail for the day has already come, you still have nearly 24 hours to retrieve it. Believe me, I thought about this.
|even the flag looks rejected|
This morning, I reveal my first #RiskRejection. It’s a journey a group of brave souls are on together. Women who would rather risk rejection than risk missing out on God’s road for their lives. That, my friends, is a potent force of women. I am anticipating great things.
I’m just not sure, as I write this, that those great things are going to come from me. See, even in RiskRejection, I am worried that I am not doing it right, I am not risking enough, I am not as good as others. I don’t deserve to be in this company of women. Stupid, stupid, stupid lies. But I know I am not the only one ever attacked by them.
And this morning as I ponder what to write, I have learned something really important about that fear. But first–the risk.
I chose to take several risks, one a week is the general plan, though I am never all that great at sticking to plans. I put the first one in the mailbox Monday. Basically, I floated an idea to another author asking her to collaborate on a book idea. Not such a biggie, right? Except that SHE is a biggie. A real biggie. A name you would know instantly if I mentioned it here. And I am anticipating a curt reply from her agent saying, “Thanks, but no thanks, we didn’t even show this to her, you overly-ambitious twit who should never even have thought such preposterous thoughts.”(Yes, and all those synonyms.) Oh, and “We fart in your general direction.”
But I did it because, well because I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head for a couple years now, and I know it’s a good one, and I’ve been too ridiculously cowed by the thought of the rejection that would follow to follow through. Enter Amy and RiskRejection. And I knew this was the first thing I had to do. So, it’s done. I did not retrieve that letter, and to do so now would be a federal offense and I’m not into that much risk. It’s winging its way to California, where it will be a lot happier than in the deep freeze of Chicago, at any rate.
And as I wondered what I would write about this, I read my Scriptures for the morning, and this is what I found.
and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”
Jesus, my risk is so paltry in this light. And–and this is the thing that brings me to my knees in astonished worship–you knew the outcome. I fear the possibility of rejection. You knew its certainty from the beginning.
And yet Christmas came. And Friday came. And Easter came. And you barely flinched in the Garden of Gethsemane. For what? For me. And for this world I am part of.
What matters in this RiskRejection thing? Willingness to try. To put it out there. To say, “You know what this feels like, Jesus, so here it is. At your feet. Do what you will.”
Let’s do this. Join me. What do you want to risk in 2014? Click the link and join us.