For most of my life growing up, I was bullied. I was the kid that always stood up for the “little guy” and for what I believed was important. Others didn’t like that too much. I didn’t look like “everyone else,” I didn’t talk like “everyone else,” I didn’t behave like “everyone else.” I was ok with not being liked by everyone. Although the pain of rejection hurts, the pain of conforming yourself into someone you are not is always worse in the long run.
Jesus felt rejection more than anyone; he never tried to be accepted though. He had a truth to share, and no matter what others thought of him, he was going to share it. Even to death, Jesus preached a radically different message than the religious leaders of the day. But, “the stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone” 1 Peter 1:7.
If family, friends, classmates, co-workers, or others are rejecting you, know that you’re not alone. As America is quickly changing and many have turned from any form of Godliness, remember that they first rejected Christ before you. This life is much too short to care what others think. As you stand for what you believe in, still respect those who speak against you, love those who insult you, and show grace to those that do not “deserve” it. That is what Christ did, and it is what we are called to do also.
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:6-9