There are two opposite ways of taking things personal. One way displays class. The other way lacks dignity.
1 Peter 4:13 tells us, “to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.” We can only do this by faith and being humble. Meekness is classy.
There is nothing dignified about the flesh. It’s human nature to feel hurt when someone rejects us. Generally speaking, Aspies are challenged by this pain more than neurotypicals. We’re less successful at making friends. We forget life isn’t about us. It’s about glorifying God in our sanctification process.
We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28
God can use what is meant for evil to work together for our good. For example, He can use ROTTENeCARDS to help end a habit of taking rejection personal. A website like ROTTENeCARDS reveals how depraved humanity is. Society is becoming increasingly proud about its shameful attitudes and behavior.
Aspies may often wonder “What did I do wrong now?” when a neurotypical acquaintance does not lead to a friendship. It’s possible the NT acquaintance may love worldly ways (2 Corinthians 6:11-18) or he may be uncomfortable having to think about how to converse with an Aspie. A Christian Aspie may be shunned because of Christ and/or because of not being neurotypical.
It’s not difficult to offer up the sacrifice of thanksgiving in our tribulations when we have right perspective. If we see by faith the wisdom of trusting God to know what He is doing and realize how foolish it is for us to think we know what’s better for our own good than He does, He will make us glad with exceeding joy! Faith is the cause. Joy is the fruit. Being glad isn’t the cause of everlasting trust in God. It’s the outcome.
We feel like we think. To question our Heavenly Father’s ways may seem like it is the result of feeling disturbed. Doubting God is sin. Unbelief is the root of sin. God does not lie. He tells us He is good. Satan wants us to judge God. God wants us to unconditionally trust Him.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:9