Lessons can and should be learned in every moment of every day, you just need to look for them.
Somewhat recently I wrote a fun little short story. It could be classified as a goofy adventure story, a mystery thriller, or a thought piece. Hopefully, it’s a bit of all three.
Well, after tweaking it, editing, asking friends to read it, and more editing, I finally decided to send it in and see if it was worthy of publishing. So, I sent it into four different short story publishers. (I will send it to more, but I wanted to start small since I’m not in a rush.)
A few days ago, I was sitting on the couch scrolling through my email when I came across a message from one of the publishers I was waiting to hear back from. My heart began to race, but I fought to keep my expectations small and my emotions in check.
I opened the email.
“Thank you for submitting blah blah blah…to the blah blah blah…” I read quickly and the words on my screen prompted me to look up and announce to my wife.
“Here it is honey! My first rejection letter!”
“Congrats babe! Proud of you!” was her response.
Yep. You read that right. I got rejected and my wife congratulated me. She was proud of me.
Because we had already talked about the probability of rejection. Back when I was deciding whether to send in the story or not she encouraged me to do so. And when I asked, “what about when I get rejected.” Her response was perfect. She told me about a famous author who had been rejected hundreds of times before her novel was finally given a chance. And she told me how that author went on to sell millions upon millions of copies of her books. She reminded me that getting rejected might just be the first step towards success and that I shouldn’t be discouraged.
I have a pretty awesome wife huh!?
Well, aside from the encouragement to persevere there was another lesson that I was reminded of. As I re-read the letter my eye was drawn to a specific phrase. “This isn’t a reflection on your writing. The selection process is highly subjective…”
Subjective is an interesting word. It is defined as something “based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.”
Ok, that’s all well and good, but what would the opposite of subjective be? Is there anything that is not based on personal feelings, tastes, or opinions? Is there anything that is just universally real and untouched by the whims of people? Is there truth that is unchanged and unaffected by our particular views?
2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”
Hebrews 4:12 proclaims “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
2 Peter 1:20-21 tells us, “Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Hebrews 13:8 exclaims that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Malachi 3:8 reveals, “For I the Lord do not change.”
There is, thankfully no subjectivity when it comes to who God is and the truth that He has given to us.
He is God.
He is truth.
The Bible is God’s Word.
The Bible is truth.
I am thankful that there is a real truth that is not subjective.
I am thankful that the promises found in the Bible are not subject to the whims or opinions of people.
I am thankful that God’s love for me is not based on my own feelings.
And I am thankful that I have a Savior who does not change.
These are all great comforts to me in the midst of a highly subjective world.