Disappointments are not always easy. Ask Madelyn. The last thing I want to do is disappoint Madelyn. She is my joy. Even so. She’s already been faced with some disappointments. I have had to tell her more than once, “It happens. Let’s shake it off and go on.” It’s not always what she wants to hear. I get it. This last year has been filled with downright hard circumstances and great disappointments for me and my family. But.
I’ve experienced benefits in the present from the disappointments of the past.
That said, when life seems to be working out and then something changes, taking us in a different direction,we tend to struggle allowing it to influence our thoughts, feelings, and even behavior. It’s exhausting and time consuming, blinding us from seeing whatever else exists in our life. Disappointment leads us into discouragement. And. If, we are not mindful, we become anchored to discouragement, drowning in difficulties, unable to detach from the hardships of life. Though it’s not easy to turn from disappointment and discouragement, we must willfully shift our perspective, trusting God to be present and at work in the present and in the future, moving forward with faith.
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. (Hebrews 6:18-19, NLT).
The thing is . . . authentic hope, the kind that comes from God . . . gives us a greater perspective to see the “already” and the “not yet” of life. Hope extends our perspective, allowing us to see beyond the disappointment, energizing us to move out of discouragement, giving us the strength to take the first step towards new possibilities. In fact, I love the phrase the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5 . . . “hope does not disappoint.” When all is said and done, each of us must make the decision whether or not to anchor ourselves to the hope of God rather than to our circumstances.
- Refuse to anchor yourself to disappointment and discouragement, but rather intentionally and willfully anchor yourself to hope.
- Live in the hope of the “already” and “not yet” of God.
- Remember, the hope of God does not disappoint.
Learning to Kickstart the day anchored in hope,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
Where I first found hope.