Today we’ll take a glimpse into the lives of two people. David, and Cinderella. They have two different stories that are both so much alike. Cinderella was rejected by her step-mom and forced to be a slave to her and her evil step-sisters. David was the reject of his family and worked in the field tending sheep while his brothers fought in the army and lived the “good life”. You can read his famous story in the Bible in the book of 1st Samuel. Both of them were rejected but in the end they both became royalty. Cinderella the slave was chosen to become a princess, and David the ruddy sheep herder was chosen to become the King of Israel. Let’s talk about rejection.
We all want to be accepted. We want to fit in, to belong somewhere with somebody. It’s a part of who we are. When we fight to belong and are thrown aside by the very people whose acceptance we crave, it stings.
Sometimes you can do your very best to try to fit in. You want to be a part of the popular group so you wear what they wear, you talk like they talk, fix your hair like them, but they still don’t let you hang out with them. You go to a new school or become a part of a new group and you put your best self on display so that you can have friends, but you still find yourself alone.
These kinds of things leave us feeling like Cinderella and David; like there’s something wrong with us, like we’re not important and we don’t matter because we’re cast aside, not considered, and rejected. Those feelings are lies! In Cinderella’s story, when the royal team came to her house with the glass slipper, Cinderella’s family didn’t even tell anyone she was there, and while they were trying to fit their big ugly feet in a glass slipper that didn’t belong to them, she wasn’t even called in to try it on. In David’s story, when the prophet Samuel arrived at his house and asked for all of the sons to line up, David wasn’t even mentioned, by his own father. They left him out in the field.
In the minds of those around them, it was as if both Cinderella and David didn’t even exist. They were counted out at first, but they were the ones that ended up being chosen.
When the Prophet asked David’s father if he had anymore sons, they had no choice but to bring him out of hiding. To the surprise of all that were in the room, David – the rejected sheep herding son was anointed as the next King of Israel. That moment changed his life forever. When Cinderella was discovered, it was finally her turn. When she slipped her foot into the glass slipper – it fit, and her days of being a slave were over.
David and Cinderella had rough beginnings, but they both became royalty.
Sometimes, like David, you can be rejected by men but chosen by God. Like Cinderella, people can try to hold you back and hide you, but they won’t be able to stop you from becoming who you’re meant to be. Whenever people make you feel like you’re nothing, when they forget you, when they won’t let you in and even drive you away, remember that you’re chosen. There is a place for you. You fit. You belong. You just might be royalty, so don’t let the peasants and the people who treat you like trash make you forget your treasure. Sooner or later it will be revealed, and everyone will know who you are. Stay humble, remember you matter, and don’t let their feelings about you become your feelings about yourself. You’re someone special!