Rejection. It happens early and it happens often in the lives of writers. Anytime you put your work out there, you take the chance of being rejected. You want someone to tell you your words have value. You want someone to tell you that you have value.
But the truth is, you have value through your identity in Christ. Your words have value because through them, you tell your story and point people to Christ.
No matter how many times you get an email that says, “Thanks for your submission, but we aren’t interested at this time.” Or, “We just don’t have room on our writing team for you right now.” Or even just, “Thanks, but no thanks.” You still have value. Don’t write to have someone affirm that value, write already knowing it’s true.
“I encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing that you had to force yourself to do—the actual act of writing—turns out to be the best part. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.” Anne Lamott
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