Dealing with Disappointment

One of the battles in life is to stay in the state necessary to get done what we need to do. So often I have found that the difference between something going well or something going poorly wasn’t preparation or prayer, rather it was how I showed up. Did I come free, or did I come preoccupied? Discouragement is one of those things that can rob you of the ability to show up strong for the next appointment.

The mischief of discouragement is that it is an emotional hangover from some expectation that wasn’t fulfilled. The act of being thankful for what is going right in your life is not just some superficial tip. Instead, it is a brilliant strategy for believers. It means you are disciplining yourself to find what is going on and celebrating what is working. This ability to focus your mind helps you to find encouragement in any circumstance.

If you do not remain vigilant, the enemy will happily invade your thoughts. The news media has a daily budget in the billions of dollars to traumatize you with something. They make their money by keeping your attention on negative news. This is why the act of making a list of the progress you are making and the things that are going right in your life is essential. Don’t forget: whatever gets your attention gets you!

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3 thoughts on “Dealing with Disappointment

  1. Great encouragement Lance. As followers of Christ our external security has been assured. In the mean time we need to navigate this messy world helping others to gain Kingdom access. I see many Christians in business set lofty expectations, which many times is at the root of their discouragement. I think a key aspect of the discouragement is where did that exception or goal come from? When we set goals and expectations in the flesh, we are assured disaster. My suggestion is that all goals and expectations be aligned with what God is calling you to do, not what you think you should do. God is the ultimate business partner, but many leave him at home or at the Church when they go to work on Monday! Thank you for these words today. Stay encouraged.

  2. This subject is a much needed one, at least for us. We were moving forward and circumstances with my husband’s job and my physical limitations seem to have been a roadblock. We are believing that the Lord will not let us down, if we get past disappointments. We so need to pray AND MOVE forward!! There is action needed, but only the Lord can get us past this.

    • I have to revise my post. After meditating and getting into the Word. Our attitudes are changing! We will NOT let disappointment stop us anymore, but hold onto the Word and let Holy Spirit bring us through! We came to realize we let discouragement start to rule our lives. NO! Decisions made in an emotional state, almost always end poorly. So, we are only letting the Lord rule our emotions and embracing change for good.