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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Quiet Time: Dealing With Disappointment

Dealing With Disappointment

Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
    but a sudden good break can turn life around. – Proverbs 13:12

Everyone understands what it means to be heart sick. 

I’ve met people over the years that have developed personal philosophies to help them deal with disappointment. 

One friend builds his life around two words, “Never settle”.  Consequently, he has made and lost millions of dollars over the years. I asked him what that feels like. He said, basically, the difference between being rich and being broke is where he eats and what he drives. 

Another friend faces life by simply asking, “Who cares?” This guy is pretty steady, actually. He doesn’t take anything too seriously. He has suffered many life setbacks, as well as, his fair share of personal losses. But, all in all, he keeps a positive attitude and never seems flustered or stressed about anything.

Most of us are probably somewhere in between these two perspectives. Solomon, in Proverbs 13:12, does a good job in reminding the reader of how easily people are pushed from one emotional extreme to another. In short: when things are bad, life is bitter, and when they’re good, it’s great! 

So, how do we stop being tossed about by life’s circumstances; read the next verse (Proverbs 13:13)

We stop scorning the Word and start stepping in faith toward what God says is true. 

We have a hope and a future that is unshakable. (Proverbs 23:17-18)