(Sigh) I received another “pass” on a book proposal this past week.
The rejection did not address the quality of my work, just the quantity of my followers.
I was rejected because “my platform is small.” I understand publishing a book will enlarge my platform, but I can’t find a publisher if I don’t have a large platform. Which comes first, the chicken or the egg??
This situation reminds me of the rejections I received when I first applied for a credit card. Unlike today, when college students are bombarded with credit card applications, I was turned down by every major credit card company. I was rejected not because I had bad credit, but because I had not yet established credit. I was told I couldn’t get credit unless I had credit.
It seemed like an impossible situation, but a local dress shop owner graciously agreed to write a letter to the credit card company on my behalf. She attested to my not being a credit risk, and I received my first credit card at age eighteen. Thank you, Mrs. Hill.
I wonder if this is how Christ feels when we “pass” on His proposals. He’s not asking us to prove whether we are worthy of His offer for eternal life. He freely brings us into His tribe if we simply agree to profess a belief in Him.
I am thankful that God doesn’t require me to pass a background check or prove that I am worthy of His love. I know He’s willing to write an endorsement for the back of my book—just as soon as I find a publisher.
In the meantime, God is teaching me hope and humility and patience—all virtues worthy of our focus during this Advent season.
I am reminded of the words of Mary in Luke 1:46-47, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.”
Mary was willing to submit to God’s plan. She found favor with God because she was a humble servant. I want to be more like Mary.
Maybe God is using rejection to keep me humble, but hopeful.
Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 15:13, Galatians 6:9, James 1:12
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” –C. S. Lewis