Originally published Monday, 13 February 2017.
If you've opened this post, you’re either disappointed right now about something or someone, or maybe you simply want to learn more on how to overcome disappointments when they strike. Wherever you are on the topic, I pray that this post ministers to you, greatly. Now let’s go deeper.
Either way you look at it, disappointments hurt. Yet, it’s a rather unique type of hurt. It’s more of an emotional pain. It’s like an internal let down to what you may have expected from someone or out of something. So without further delay, let’s talk about how to overcome this feeling as it relates to being disappointed in people, circumstances, and yourself.
Disappointed in People – When someone disappoints you, choose to forgive quickly. I know this one is not easy. Trust me, I know! But it’s freeing. And granted, it’s not that you’re denying the hurt, disappointment, or even frustration. Yet, the point here is that you try to make a conscious effort to release the individual.
Think about it this way. If you disappointed someone because you didn’t do what you said you were going to do, you would want that individual to forgive you, right? So do as Luke 6:31 states, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It's truly the golden rule!
Disappointment in Circumstances – When things go wrong or not as expected on your job, for a church or ministry assignment, or even at home with your family, choose to pray and quickly renew your mind with the Word of God. You can also renew your mind by simply talking to yourself by saying something like, “It’s okay. I can get through this. Lord, please help me to get through this.”
Remember King David? He talked to himself in Psalm 42:11 crying out, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again-My Savior and my God!”
You see. You have to be open and honest with yourself and God, and then shift your focus. Place your hope and trust in Him and praise Him in the midst of the disappointment. God is truly at work...even when you don't see or feel it.
Disappointment in Yourself – Have you ever beat yourself up over something you did or didn’t do? How did you get through it before reading this post? Either way, I want to encourage you, don’t beat yourself up. Again, go to God about it and talk to Him. Again, be open about where you are and get free...today sis.
Once you realize that you’ve missed a step in something, confess it, repent, ask for God’s forgiveness, and move forward. Because if you don’t, the enemy would love to play with you in your mind…constantly reminding you about your failure or lack of accomplishment. But don’t give him the satisfaction. Instead, shrug him off with the Word in Psalm 34:17-18, “The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” BOOM!
Listen sis. Nothing happens by chance. Actually, God has already pre-screened your life’s disappointments. However, because you don’t know when they will strike, your job is to purposefully kick into trusting and praising Him in the midst of the emotional pain, let down, or discouragement.
Also know that it’s going to work out for the good in the end. Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Believe this verse. He’s got a purpose and a plan for it all, my sister.
So grow from your hurt, release it to Him, choose forgiveness, keep your head lifted, allow joy to shine forth, praise the Lord, keep moving forward, and trust the Holy Spirit to show you what to do next. Loaded right? Yet, this is how you overcome disappointments.
Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!
QUESTION: Are you disappointed about something right now? Want to talk about it? If you need prayer in this area, I’ll join you on it. You can email me directly @ email@example.com. Talk to you soon!
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Thanks again and may God be with you!