6 Ways to Help You From Drowning in Disappointment
Life is full of disappointments and depending on how we handle our discontentment they can cause growth to stifle, our passions to dwindle and create a cynical heart. However, here are some ways we can use to combat against feelings of disappointment and defeat.
Pray! Prayer is a valuable weapon when it comes to overcoming disappointment. We all struggle with disillusionment from time to time, but the problem begins when we allow it to take over our lives. We have to be careful it doesn’t turn into anger or depression. Disappointment is a result of our expectations taking priority over God’s authority. Prayer helps us to release those feelings and allows God to heal our wounded heart.
Talk About It! Many times we are ashamed to tell people our true feelings because of fear, the fear of being judged for how we are feeling or responding to a situation. If you have a trusted friend, pastor or counselor talking it out can be healthy and allow you to have a point from which to move forward. Isolation gives the enemy a playground to keep you on the merry-go-round spinning with hurt, anger, and frustration. Click To Tweet It is hard to get off when you are dizzy and can’t see or walk straight. Sometimes, all we need to do is talk about the issue.
Do Something! Passion can take on many forms for good. If something or someone has disappointed you, then use your disappointment to advocate for a change. There are some times in which disappointment is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make a corrective plan of action to guard yourself against future situations which may bring disappointment.
Trust God! We don’t always understand why things happen, but as a believer, it is important to know with every situation God’s plan is better than our own. We don’t need to understand it, the freedom and healing come when we accept it. If Jesus had not trusted God with His life, we would be living disappointed eternally. The world will always leave you with the taste of bitterness, but God will always satisfy if we choose to trust.
Engage Your Faith! People tend to run away from God when they feel defeated or discouraged. However, this is when you need your faith the most! There is a reason we have to put on the armor of God every day because we live in a world that is dysfunctional. I promise you God did not create you for target practice by the enemy; you have a target on your back because God marked you as His child. The enemy thrives on disappointment. Call out those things which leave you feeling confused and empty. Go to the Word of God and read His promises which will never disappoint you, but give you hope of a better tomorrow. Don’t give up on God!
Keep On Loving! You may be disappointed in a person or situation, but when you choose to harbor bitterness and resentment, you lose. The people who love you lose too, because they lose you. Disappointment can be consuming, robbing you of the ability to love God and others fully. When you surround yourself with people who love God and you, love is the healing power. Allow God to love you through the hearts of those who know you and care about your well-being.
We need to remind ourselves that disappointments can also teach us valuable lessons about the sovereignty of God. There is nothing which happens to us or the world that God doesn’t know first hand about what is going on. Rest assured no matter what, God is on the throne and although we have to deal with disappointment on earth, there is coming a day when we will never face disappointment again.
Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
What ways or scriptures have you found to help you handle disappointment? I would love to hear your thoughts!