I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Dealing With Disappointment

"You can't always get what you want."

"Who said life is fair?"

"Get over it, kid."

"Better get used to dealing with disappointment."

How many times have you said those words to your kids? If you have children who know how to speak, then you've probably heard them say: "That's not fair!" If they haven't said that, you are sheltering them too much, and they probably have never interacted with other children. Or animals. Or you.

It's inevitable that at some point in life your children will become disappointed.

And isn't it attractive when they communicate their disappointment? Many times they stomp a foot, make fists, and yell. Others will throw themselves on the floor in a tantrum, kicking feet and all. Still others will look at you with contempt, and refuse to talk to you; especially if you are the instigator of the "unfairness".

We want our children to accept disappointment as a part of life. They have to learn that not everything will go their way. We don't rub it in their face, and say "HA! Take that you ungrateful kid!! Get used to it!" We want to make sure they learn to deal with it gracefully. They can learn to accept circumstances for what they are, and not adopt the habit of being wistful, and wishing they could turn back time and make things happen the way they wanted.

Doesn't our Lord want us to be satisfied regardless of our circumstances?

The reason I bring this up, is because of all the ugly I've seen since the results of the election. People on Facebook and personal blogs are posting insulting things that generalize (both sides) and are completely negative.

And honestly, they are kinda acting like kids who didn't get their way.

It seems we've forgotten those lessons about accepting disappointment.

Will those who believe God is in control of all events now look at Him with contempt and refuse to speak to Him? Will they throw themselves down spiritually and pound their fists on the heads of those who disagree with them?

I certainly hope not.

Because if we prayed for the election results to go according to the will of God, then we should not be upset at the outcome of the election. Nothing happens that He does not allow. God was not sitting on pins and needles wondering which way Ohio was going to go. He has a plan for all of this. And He's known about it since, well, forever.

So, it would seem there are two choices:

We can find something for which to thank God, revel in His awesome goodness, and shine the light of His love to those who so desperately need it.

OR...

We can wallow in self-pity and anger, forgetting the goodness of God, offending and pushing away those who so desperately need His love.

While it is hard at times to accept the will of God, if we truly believe He is sovereign, then we will ask for His help to trust Him- especially when we don't understand.

Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."

1 Comments:

  • Tabitha

    What a wonderful reminder--not just about the election, but about life in general. Thank you.
    Peace and Grace in Christ.

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