by J. Gerald Harris

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille
Dr. Gerald Harris
Isaiah 53:1-6

You picked a fine time
To leave me, Lucille.
With four hungry children
And crops in the field.
I've had some good times,
I've had some bad time.
This time the hurting won't heal.
You picked a fine time
To leave me, Lucille.

Now, that is a woeful song of rejection. Have you ever been rejected? I was talking to this fellow not long ago. He was very, very depressed. I said to him, "What's the matter?"

He said, "Well, I asked Sally for a date and she turned me down again."

I said, "What do you mean again? Has she turned you down before?"

He said, "Yes. I've been turned down more times than a hospital bed."

Have you ever been turned down? Have you ever been rejected? Are you like the fellow who said, "When the called me I wouldn't go and when I went they wouldn't have me."

My life has not been without some rejection. When I was a junior at Mercer University I ran for president of the student body and was defeated by a very narrow margin—rejection. About six years ago I was nominated for president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention and was defeated by a wide margin—rejection.

Not long ago I was doing a religious survey on a subdivision and had a door slammed in my face. They did not want to let me in. They did not want to talk to me. They were not interested in what I had to say or what I had to share. I was not well received. I was rejected.

Now, tonight we want to consider this matter of rejection. First of all I want us to consider

I. Our rejections

First of all, I want us to consider our rejections on Earth. As we think about rejections on Earth there are two kinds of rejections. There is overt rejection, which can be defined as open or obvious behavior, which conveys the message to a person that he is unwanted or unloved. To be dismissed from a place of employment is an example of overt rejection. To be jilted by a boyfriend or girlfriend is a ...

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