I Love You Anyway
The fear of rejection may be one of the most basic fears of the human experience. Dr, Joe Harding tells a heart-warming story of a man who finally decided to ask his boss for a raise in his salary:
It was Friday, he told his wife that morning what he was about to do. All day, the man felt nervous and apprehensive. Late in the afternoon he summoned the courage to approach his employer. To his delight , the boss agreed to a raise!
The man arrived home to a beautifuk table set with their best china. Candles were lit. His wife had prepared a festive meal. Immediately he figured that someone from the office had tipped her off. Finding his wife in the kitchen, he told her the good news. They embraced and kissed then sat down to a wonderful meal. Next to his plate the man found a beautiful card.. It read, "Congratulations darling. I knew you'd get the raise! These things will tell you how much I love you!"
While on his way to the kitchen to get some dessert, he noticed that a second card had fallen from her pocket. Picking it off the floor, he opened it and read, "Don't worry about not getting the raise! You deserved it anyway. These things will tell you how much I love you!"
Total acceptance! Total love! Her love for him was not contingent upon his success at work. In fact, just the opposite. If he were to fail there, if he were to be rejected by his boss, he'd be all the more accepted at home. She stood by him no matter what, softening the blows, healing the wounds, believing in him, loving him.
We can handle rejection from almost anyone if we're loved by one.
That's the way families can be with each other. And I'd like to think that's the way God is with us too. "We love because He first loved us"
John 13:34 "So now I am giving you a new commandment, Love each other just as I have loved you, you should love each other."