I realized that my fear of rejection is only because I am allowing my worth to be defined by what others think. I do (should) not aim to please others. I (should) aim to please God. And even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:30-31
Yesterday, I broke free of that fear. I had found a recipe contest through Pacific Natural Foods about a month ago. I made up my very own recipe. I cooked it a couple times. We thought it was great. My girls encouraged me to enter it. My husband encouraged me to enter. But, still, I didn't enter. Until yesterday! It was the very last day to enter and to vote. First thing in the morning, I filled out that form. I hesitated a bit, but I hit the submit button and shared it on Facebook. When it was done, I felt the guilt lift. I had been silently torturing myself wondering if I should enter and feeling guilty for not entering for a month. It was done! (The results will be posted today, so I will let you know!)
My sister called me a few hours later and told me she had voted for my recipe, but that it didn't seem like something she would like. I thanked her for supporting me with her vote and just kind of chuckled that she didn't care for it. That's ok. I don't need her to like it (I need the judge to like it! LOL). Sure, it'd be great to win, but that's not why I entered. I entered for exactly what she helped me with in her comment- baby steps toward kicking my fear of rejection to the curb. I told that liar Satan who kept me telling myself that I am not good enough- NOT TODAY, bozo! NOT TODAY! I will not be ruled by fear today!
Today, I want to challenge you to do something that's on your un-list. First you may have to acknowledge what's on it. I encourage you to take that step. Then, pick something that you can either do in it's entirety or partly and DO IT! You will be glad you do! I pray that we may all learn to live free of the guilt of unfinished business, free of the fear of rejection, and free to live for Him.