Oh, Abba… Is this a “hot button” for almost everyone on the planet? Rejection from those we like and/or love… and even those we hardly know?
Maybe not feeling or anticipating rejection around every corner. But feeliing (and fearing) it enough that we are tempted to avoid certain people and certain kinds of activities… maybe even for decades?
Today, You took me a step forward in our visioning journey together. Today’s focus was the coaching practice to which You have called me. Our conversation together turned inevitably to the subject of finding new clients.
Oh, Lord… Nothing gives me more JOY than helping these precious women draw closer to You… and seeing You radically transform their lives as a result! I cannot think of a time when You failed to do this! Filling every client’s “cup” — and mine — to overflowing!
I know each one is a priceless treasure to You, Jesus. How do I know this? Because You have filled my heart with Your love for them… and made them treasures to me, too!
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
I also believe, without the shadow of a doubt, that You have hand-picked each woman You will have me serve. Some of them You have brought to me in the most amazing, “God-orchestrated” ways. Yet I sense we are entering a new season during which You will have me reach out in new ways, too.
My business coach has told me about The Funnel. It’s a simple concept that I can see has tremendous relevance in any business seeking new clients or customers.
It’s simple and also very visual. For every potential client who says “YES!” (the narrow end of the funnel), many people must be approached (the wide end of the funnel). It doesn’t take a rocket scientist — good thing, ’cause I’m NOT one! 🙂 — to ascertain that moving from many people to few means that many will end up saying “NO!”
Ouch! Or is it… Yikes?! This is when the thought of Rejection usually rears its ugly “head” like some fire-breathing dragon! The “dragon” most people in “sales” would rather hide from than confront. After all, who likes putting their heart out there and having it stepped on, over and over again?
I don’t like rejection any more than anyone else, Lord! I have been known to “hide out” in the “safety” of other more comfortable priorities.
Come to think of it, I guess You weren’t too keen on rejection either… were You, Lord? But You certainly never resorted to “hiding out.”
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:2-3)
Were these Your secrets, Lord?
Is this what You were hinting at this morning? That there’s a way I can receive every “NO” without the sting of rejection? Because You have set a greater JOY before me?
As if in answer to those questions, You brought a particular scripture to my mind, Lord. It’s a verse You have used as a “life preserver” for me through many Deep Waters. Most recently, when the “tsunami” of breast cancer hit me.
“Consider it pure joy… whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
I almost had to laugh, Lord! Because You changed the words for me this morning… in a way that totally opened up my thinking!
“Consider it pure joy, Diana, whenever you face rejection from many prospects, because you know that you are getting closer to finding the clients I have ordained for you!”
And there’s more. You said I am to approach every person — every “prospect” — with a heart of serving, not selling.
“… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
Because every “NO” will come only after a conversation that You, Lord, have divinely orchestrated. A conversation that is occurring at an opportune moment… for such a time as this.
A conversation in which You, Lord, have somehow been honored. A seed from You being planted or watered that may one day become a rich harvest in that woman’s heart and life… even if she and I never see each other again this side of Heaven!
Oh, Lord… I LOVE YOU!!! 🙂