My friend, may I ask you a question? Is rejection pretty much a way of life for anyone looking to grow in grace? Should we need to be prepared for the ear that just doesn’t hear what we hear and the heart that cannot accept what we love? Ought this to control how we promote our God?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I love good music. I can really get into a Beethoven symphony or a Mozart concerto. Listening to a piece of music like this, something put together with such great craft and skill, is gratifying since there is so much to hear. Just the fact that these compositions are still around after years must say something? Ultimately, I guess you could say that this is music that I can get into instead of IT just getting into me.
Over the years, however, I’ve been amazed at the number of people who don’t see or hear music the same way that I do. They might feel “Beethoven is overpowering, sometimes very loud and often melancholy; and Mozart is just so much noise.” How fascinating it is that we both hear the same tones, but aren’t hearing the same music. Sometimes it can be frustrating for me because I want them so much to hear and feel what I hear and feel. Yet, as often as I try, my attempts to convince the music unbeliever are most often rejected. Some-times I wonder if it pays to keep on trying. Perhaps, maybe, I’m the one who doesn’t “get” the music thing after all? There are so many that embrace music styles that I would never even think of listening to. Nevertheless, I am so convinced that the “good” music I enjoy will eventually win the unbeliever over. It’s just that good and I’m convinced if I keep trying success is just a matter of time.
Here’s a thought from Author James Hewett. He writes: “Heavy hitters (in baseball), the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot. For example: Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs. And successful entrepreneurs often have the same luck. R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on (and Macy’s became a national retailing icon). Writers often fare no better. English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books. When you come right down to it, you and I ought never to worry about failure. Rather, it would be far better to concern ourselves with the chances we miss when we don’t even try! (James S. Hewett)
I guess if I’m going to promote my brand of music, I need to get used to rejection more often than not. And, you know, it’s really that way for the Christian on fire for God as well. More often than not, people just don’t get it. They don’t understand why we believe what we believe and how we can be so faithful to that belief. The unbeliever, lost in sin, shakes his head and walks away wondering what we see in it at all. Rejection, therefore, is pretty much a way of life for anyone looking to grow in grace. We need to be prepared for the ear that just doesn’t hear what we hear and the heart that cannot accept what we love. But, we need to keep on trying. The Holy Spirit will do the work as long as we are willing to put in the effort. God’s guidance will be there, even in defeat. Sometimes you have to play the same tune over and over again before someone gets it. I know. I love Beethoven. I love Mozart. I believe that everyone should know just how great those two composers really were. When it comes to God, our commitment should be even more certain.
We pray. Thank you Lord for purposing us spiritually that others might hear the Word and be received into the Kingdom of God. Help us Lord to remember that promoting you to others may often garner less of a response than we had hoped. Forgive us when we become so tied to success in ministry that we are not able to tolerate the empty heart and mind that continues to reject the Good News of the gospel. Our job is to promote; the wins and losses are up to you. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!
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