Rejection

Lincoln: “Like the boy who stubbed his toe” (illustration)

In 1858 the Illinois legislature—using an obscure statute—sent Stephen A. Douglas to the U.S. Senate instead of Abraham Lincoln, although Lincoln had won the popular vote. When a sympathetic friend asked Lincoln how he felt, he said, “Like the boy who stubbed hi …

G. Campbell Morgan’s Response to Being Rejected (illustration)

Jill Morgan, the daughter-in-law of G. Campbell Morgan, wrote in her book, A MAN OF THE WORD, “In 1888 my father-in-law was rejected for the ministry. He wired to his father the one word, “Rejected,” and sat down to write in his diary: “Very dark everything se …

Lincoln’s Response to Rejection (illustration)

In 1858 the Illinois legislature, using an obscure statute, sent Stephen A. Douglas to the U.S. Senate instead of Abraham Lincoln, although Lincoln had won the popular vote. When a sympathetic friend asked Lincoln how he felt, he said, “Like the boy who stubbed his toe: I am …

Interpretation of Rejection (illustration)

A young salesman became discouraged because he had been rejected by so many customers he approached. He asked a more experienced salesman for some advice. “Why is it that every time I make a call on someone I get rejected?” “I just don’t understand that,&r …

The Shoe Owner’s Experiment (illustration)

An enterprising shoe store owner in New York decided to try an experiment. He put two identical pairs of shoes in his show window side by side, and above them a sign reading: “There is absolutely no difference between these shoes. One pair is priced at $6.95 and the other at …

Campbell Morgan Proved That Rejection is Rarely Permanent (illustration)

Campbell Morgan was one of 150 young men who sought entrance to the Wesleyan ministry in 1888. He passed the doctrinal examinations, but then faced the trial sermon. Two weeks later Morgan’s name appeared among the 105 REJECTED for the ministry that year. He wired to his father t …

No Man is Accepted Until He Has Been Rejected (illustration)

Dr. J. Gregory Mantle tells of a minister friend whose congregation always refused to accept his messages which were Biblically sound. The choir made things worse and he asked the choir to resign. The choir did and persuaded the congregation from taking part in singing on the fol …

Lincoln - Too Big to Cry And Too Hurt to Laugh (illustration)

In 1858 the Illinois legislature-using an obscure statute-sent Stephen A. Douglas to the U.S. Senate instead of Abraham Lincoln, although Lincoln had won the popular vote. When a sympathetic friend asked Lincoln how he felt, he said, “Like the boy who stubbed his toe: I am t …

Statue Erected Between Argentina and Chile (illustration)

Years ago, a large statue of Christ was erected high in the Andes Mountains on the border between Argentina and Chile. Called “Christ of the Andes,” the statue symbolizes a pledge between the two countries that as long as the statue stands, there will be peace between …

Abraham Lincoln Expresses How it Felt to be Rejected (illustration)

In 1858 the Illinois legislature–using an obscure statute–sent Stephen A. Douglas to the U.S. Senate instead of Abraham Lincoln, although Lincoln had won the popular vote. When a sympathetic friend asked Lincoln how he felt, he said, “Like the boy who stubbed his toe: I am …

Young Preacher Faced His First Trial Sermon (illustration)

A young preacher-to-be, having passed his doctrinal examinations, faced his trial sermon. In a large auditorium sat three ministers and 75 others who came to listen. When he stepped into the pulpit, the vast room and the searching, critical eyes caused him to falter. Two we …