What do you do when you are disappointed? Have you ever made plans based on the words of someone whom you believed to be trustworthy, only to have that person make excuses for not keeping his or her word? Everyone gets disappointed sometimes; that is if you have ever dreamed, or had goals, desires, and promises that have yet to be fulfilled.
Even when you do your best to keep a stiff upper lip, and to be mature about the situation, deep inside you may still be disappointed. The Word talks about the affect of dreams on the heart when those dreams seem to be constantly delayed.
So what do I do when I am disappointed? I do what Joyce Meyers suggests, I do my best to get reappointed. She says if an appointment is cancelled, then make a new appointment.
I get new plans.
I conclude that whatever did not take place must not have been the best thing, since God always gives His best. I do my best to shake off the sadness, submit to God’s will, and remind myself that the enemy is not about to steal my joy.
I choose to be happy anyway.
I make a conscious decision to trust God and believe that whatever He has for me, in due season, at the right time in my life, He will deliver.
I take a look at my time-line and analyze it to see if it is really my time-line
or God’s time-line.
I speak to myself (sometimes aloud and sometimes within) that
no weapon formed against me shall prosper.
I read God’s Word and renew my hope.
I try to remember what God’s Word says about my particular situation.
I try to see my circumstances from His perspective.
I take a look at the person in whom I placed my trust,
to figure out whether out the disappointing behavior is a pattern or not,
so I can decide whether this person has earned my trust.
God is teaching me that I must protect my heart through Godly wisdom.
One way I get more wisdom is by reading the book of Proverbs in the Bible.
I am beginning to reevaluate my decisions, in order to make sure that
my dreams and hopes are realistic and God-directed.
God reminds me that people make mistakes, they aren’t perfect.
This includes me when I disappoint myself and others.
I allow my heart time to heal.
I choose to forgive. Why? We often have the best of intentions,
but fail in the follow-through. The best thing for me to do is to forgive and move on.
I try to learn from the situation,
so I won’t put myself in a position of being disappointed the next time.
Whatever it is… I do my very best to…
LET IT GO!!
Leave the past in the past, and press towards the mark.
Use failures as a learning experience and move on.
I tell you, I have had a dream of being a successful songwriter and artist for more than thirty years. Every time it seems that the wheels are turning and I’m moving in the right direction, something has happened to stop the progress. Now that’s what I call a ‘dream deferred’! Still, I will not give up. I will keep plugging along.
I am determined to do all that God has called me to do. There is no need for me to waste my time wallowing in what might have been or what still isn’t. I have the plan that I believe that He has given me, and I am working the plan.
Don’t you give up either! I tell you what. Let’s make a pact. Even when you and I are disappointed with what comes our way, let’s make a conscious decision to count our blessings and move forward. I think it is one great way that we may enjoy the journey!
Until next time.
Scriptures to consider:
[ Pressing on Toward the Goal ] Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Question to consider: What can you do to get re-appointed when you are disappointed?
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