I have been much disappointed of late. I hate it when that happens.
I’ll bet you have been disappointed as well.
Disappointment seems the one item the buffet line in this fallen world always offers in ample supply.
Here is how I deal with disappointment:
1) Realize we live in a fallen and sin filled world (We ARE going to be disappointed and there is no way to avoid it)
2) Recognize that God is in control (My will is not always His will)
3) Remember good (and even better) often comes on the other side of disappointment
4) Refresh attitudes and emotions (get better and not bitter)
5) Retool expectations (realistic expectations can really help)
6) Reorient thinking from past disappointment into future opportunities
Disappointment is inevitable. It is an emotional thing and like all emotional things, it flies about with great regularity.
Growing from disappointment is not inevitable…growth must be chosen as a matter of discipline.
Give your disappointment to God.
-Rev. Shane L. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, has been the Sr. Pastor at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997.