It’s a tricky business trying to expand your reach as a writer. On one hand, I am eager for attention from potential outlets that will publish my writing. That’s how it works. I want more followers on social media so that more people have access to my message. I long to be noticed so that I can get a foothold in the world of freelancing. Rejection is part of trying to become a writer. There’s no way around it, only through it.

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I know God is preparing me for something. I know this because there’s a struggle inside of me. This struggle is one in which I am learning to die to self so that Jesus may abound. I want to decrease so that He may increase, just like John 3:30 says. Clearly I’m not there yet. Rejection hurts.

What’s a person to do who wants to gain traction and get noticed, yet also desires to ascribe all glory and honor to the Lord? It’s a delicate dance. The key, which I have not yet mastered, is to offer it all as sacrifice to Him, becoming less in the process. My goal must be to be less, not greater.

Galatians 2:20 sums up the end goal of my aspiration:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Song of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Ultimately, since Christ lives in me, I must live my life for His glory, not mine. Any recognition, any acceptance I am able to obtain regarding my writing must be laid at His feet. This journey is painful, often causing me to question if I am good enough. Rejection and waiting to be rejected have a way of eroding your self-confidence. The real impact of this erosion is that I see my glaring need for Jesus. In the light of His glory and by example of His story, humbling myself and becoming less is how I will find victory.

He must become greater; I must become less.

-John 3:30