It was Halloween and my young sons were already learning how to deal with disappointment.
After hours of trick or treating, they
walked in with bags jammed with Halloween candy. I greeted them at the
door and held out my hand. “Give them all to Mom.” I said faking a
“Why?” They all protested.
No need to give reasons. They knew why.
They’re desire was to devour as much as
they could. But Mom had different plans—to ration and be selective when
and how much they would eat.
Was I a mean Mom? Or just teaching them
that in life, dealing with disappointment is as certain as masks in
Halloween? Disappointments come in all areas—candy consumption, in
desires, and disappointments in relationships. There are things that
don’t turn out the way we expected. And there are even disappointments
at the end of hard work. But to survive and thrive in life, there are
ways to deal with disenchantments.
Here are five ways to face them and
triumph in spite of them:
1. Disappointments always open a new
direction where our strength, our wisdom and patience are sharpened.
2. Disappointments bring about a new
perspective when emotions are not involved.
3. Disappointments might just be divine
appointments with God to a better option, a greater outcome, and a
4. Disappointments can build our faith if
we choose to first trust God.
5. Disappointments we face don’t change
Disappointments, heartache, let downs and hard times are life’s
weeds in the garden of God’s plans. “’For I know the plans I have
for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
when disappointments invade my peace, may I remember they don’t change
what you mapped out for me, they don’t alter the future you designed,
nor do they change the blessings you have waiting for me. In Jesus’
• What disappointment has you down
Where do you find peace in the midst of disappointment?
• Are you confident in your ability of
dealing with disappointments?
Janet P. Eckles
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