an inspirational entry on understanding disappointment
My husband Kris is a runner. And when I say runner... I mean crazy-running-through-the-rain-for-a-thousand-miles-won't-stop-even-when-it-hurts-man. Recently, he's been training for a marathon, one of the ultimate accomplishments for runners.
The training process is grueling. But I admit, I have little sympathy for people who torture themselves for this "sport." After a long run the other day, Kris collapsed on the floor. "Man, that was a lousy 12 miles."
I had nothing but eye-rolling for him. "Lousy 12 miles? Seriously? Who runs 12 miles and uses the word lousy?"
He tried to explain the process of training and how one bad run can make you question if you could in fact complete a marathon. That I could understand; so we went through all he could have done wrong that day to produce a "lousy" run.
There were many factors: whether or not his shoes were the right ones, what he had eaten, and if he gotten enough sleep. He couldn't quite figure out what his faulting point was, so at the end of the conversation he simply shrugged his shoulders and said, "Oh well, tomorrow is another chance."
I was inspired. No, not to begin marathon training, this would take an act of God. But to really understand what a right perspective on disappointment can do.
When I don't see the results I want, I can believe quitting is the only option. I‘ve often confused my feelings of disappointment with rejection. Rejection tells me I'm not good enough, which then creates a pattern of giving up too soon.
Defeat isn't a characteristic of our God. So I believe the enemy will often try to convince us to quit because we are so close to victory. This can be a defining place we find ourselves sifting through.
My husband didn't quit his marathon training because he was disappointed in the expectations he had for his run that day. He evaluated what he could, but then moved on.
Sometimes things just don't turn out like we hoped they would. There's nothing wrong with feeling disappointed. It's what we do with those feelings of disappointment that is potentially life-altering.
Today I can't help but think there may just be one other person on the other side of this screen who's ready to give up because of disappointment. I have been there...and I found comfort in this thought: so has Jesus.
"We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give." Hebrews 4:14-17 [MSG]
Remember this, today is a new 24 hours. 24 hours of potential moments of disappointment. But it's also 24 hours of potential life-altering seconds. 24 hours of potential stories of God's faithfulness ready to be fulfilled.
Hang on. Don't give up. The best is yet to be...
Sun Stand Still by Pastor Steven Furtick
Nicki Koziarz is a woman who thrives off the three C's of daily living: Christ, Coffee and Creativity. She blogs at www.nickikoziarz.com.
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