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Disappointment can be the door to a
†††††† Disappointment comes to everyone. Life is
not fair. Things do not work out the way we hoped they would. Dreams shatter.
†††††† Bob and Betty were madly in love. They
got married, had three children and planned to live happily ever after. Along
the way Bob neglected Betty. He became a slave to his work. Betty walked out
one day. She was in love with another man. Bob sat crying in the ashes of
†††††† Billís father was a preacher. Billís
mother encouraged him to follow in his dadís footsteps. Bill became a preacher
but found peace in ministry. One day he realized his mother, not God, had
called him to preach. Crushed and disappointed Bill quit the ministry and began
†††††† Tom went off to college with high hopes.
Six months later he was not on the Deanís list; he had flunked out. Ashamed and
disappointed he wiped his tears and got a job driving a milk truck. His dream
of a college degree was gone with the wind. He was devastated and enveloped by
an ugly cloud of regret.
†††††† Mary wanted to become an artist. She
loved to draw and paint. Friends encouraged her to study art. But there was no
money to go to school. She got married, had five children and buried her dream
in the black pit of disappointment. Her dream shattered she clung to the slim
hope that one of her kids might become an artist.
†††††† Pete felt no need to go to college. After
high school he went to work at his dadís company. He would work hard and take
over the business one day. Nine years later his dad died suddenly. The new
owner of the business had no need for Pete. He downsized the company and let
Pete go. Without a job Pete struggled to find his way out of the misery of
†††††† Charles and Linda were devoted to each
other. Linda had a beautiful baby boy. They named him Frank and he became the
center of their lives. When Frank was 17 he was killed in a car wreck. Charles
began drinking heavily and soon left Linda for a younger woman. For years now Linda has lived like a recluse, her mind filled
with anger and bitterness. Disappointment has enslaved her.
†††††† King David, the Bible tells us, dreamed
of building a temple to honor God. He intended to do it one day but he stayed
busy going to war. He loved to fight and was good at it. Then one day God
informed David that he would not build a temple; instead his son Solomon would
build it. God was not pleased with Davidís love of wars. Davidís disappointment
†††††† But somehow David found a way to overcome
his disappointment. He refused to quit. He refused to live the rest of his life
nursing bitterness. Call it trust. Call it faith. Call it turning to God. Call
it what you will Ė David found a way to move out of the paralyzing fog of
disappointment and start over.
†††††† What helped David we call grace today.
When the bottom falls out of life, when our dreams are shattered by pain and
disappointment, we can turn to our Creator for grace. He has plenty of it,
enough to go around so everyone can have some. He will give it graciously to
all who ask for it. Disappointment is real but grace is more real.
†††††† The next time disappointment seizes you
by the throat, tell it to go back to hell where it came from. Then avail
yourself of the grace you need to make a new start. That way you can make
disappointment the door to a new beginning. I know you can do it because I have
done it more than once. And more than likely I will have to do it again. And,
by the grace of God, I will.
†††††† You can do it too. Now get up and get
started. Now. This minute.
When you make a new start, you cease being a victim and become a victor!
Disappointment makes you a wimp. Grace makes you a winner. You get to decide
which you will be! + + +