Successful Failures

Dr. Seuss’s first manuscripts were rejected 27 times before he was published. Kenneth Grahame was told that Wind in the Willows would never sell. J.K Rowlings was ignored by 12 different publishers and only got published because an eight-year-old child read the manuscript.

Louisa May Alcott was told to stick to teaching and yet Little Women is still selling 140 years later. Anne of Green Gables happened to be read by an ex- P.E.I reader. Peter Rabbit was a self-published book until someone saw its success.

Now, these are writing statistics to be sure. However, they fit all of us. We’ve all been rejected at one time or another.

Whether publishers, family, distant relatives, or the neighbor next door, rejection is hard. While there may be different levels of it, rejection still hurts.

Thankfully there is someone who never rejects us. 

 Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”! 

(Romans 11:1-3, NIV)

You are not alone. God stands with you always no matter the hurt.

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