Accepting things as they are is another way to deal with disappointments. Some things and some people are not going to change; and if they do, it probably won’t be when you or I want change. I found that when I consistently embrace the words of the Serenity Prayer, disappointments are not as devastating. Now, there are times, not matter how much I do to adjust myself, a disappointment will come out of no where. There were no signs or warnings. I may have done what I could to adjust my expectations, but the unexpected happens. I just simply cast the disappointment on the Lord. Because of I Peter 5:7, I am assured that He cares about any and everything I care about. In addition to casting that care on Him, I must forgive the one who has caused the disappointment.
The last tidbit about disappointments - I’ve focused on disappointments with others, but in reality, we can be disappointed with ourselves. We can say and do things that are disappointing. I can raise both of my hands on this one. I have responded to circumstance in ways I thought was “mature”. When the truth of my heart was revealed and opened to the Holy Spirit’s scrutiny, I was disappointed that I behaved or responded in an immature way and I say to myself, “Could I have done better? Acted more mature?” Many times the answer is “YES”, but I did not. We all tend to have a high expectation for ourselves and when we fall short of the self-expectation, we become disappointed. Guess what, we even have to forgive ourselves.
We are all on a good journey with Christ. So, let’s make a critical decision to learn from life and keep moving. Don’t get stuck on the street called “DISAPPOINTMENTS”.
Blog post adapted from The Encouragement Newsletter - "The D's of Life".